The BBC iPlayer is finally there and includes full Kinect support.
The BBC iPlayer, the online TV service, is now available on the Xbox 360
The new dashboard update promised a wealth of services for Xbox 360 owners, but they didn’t all launch with the update last year. One of the most anticipated features – the BBC iPlayer – is now available on the platform.
The launch of the service is something of a landmark, becoming the first online TV service to offer free television shows for all Xbox 360 users in the UK.
The platform also sports the Metro UI, being pushed across all of Microsoft’s platforms, and includes Kinect integration if you’re so inclined with support for voice recognition and hand gestures.
As the press releasing from the BBC goes on to say, the launch will bring “the service to millions of new users via the TV and builds on a substantial history of industry partnerships.”
Daniel Danker, the Program Manager of Programmes & On-Demand, said he was “excited” that the BBC iPlayer service will be coming to Xbox 360 users free of charge. Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox and Entertainment for Microsoft, went on to say that the Xbox 360 was the best selling console in the UK least year and added that bringing services such as the iPlayer took the platform to the next level. McGill also said he was excited to see Microsoft working on “innovations” such as the BBC iPlayer, even at this early stage.
The BBC iPlayer launched in December 2007, and was originally pitched as a “catch-up” website to consumers (like Channel 4’s 4OD service, also available in the UK). Since then the service has seen excellent growth, adding a huge backlog of TV programs currently being shown. Along with this radio, films and the ability to download programs for offline viewing have also been added.
The service has also gone mobile, launching on tablet and smartphone devices and other consoles as the Wii.
The latest dashboard update for the Xbox 360 launched last year, offering a significant redesign and improvement on 2010’s New Xbox Experience update.
The update introduced services such as Bing, allowing users to search for games and associated content. The update allowed content to be accessed easily, with the tile design highlighting important content.