BBC iPlayer app in the works for Xbox One

Each of the 13 markets that will participate in the Xbox One launch on November 22nd will have their own catalog of streaming video apps. That includes the U.K., which will see 12 apps released between the launch and spring 2014.


The BBC iPlayer app has been available on the Xbox 360 since last year

One app that was missing from the list was BBC iPlayer, which has been available for U.K. owners of the Xbox 360 console to download since March 2012. Digital Spy quotes a statement from the BBC saying: "While we are working to bring BBC iPlayer to Xbox One in the future, we have no further details to share at this time."

Here's the full list of apps that Microsoft has confirmed will be coming to the Xbox One for the U.K. market in the next few months:

  • 4oD
  • Amazon\LOVEFiLM
  • blinkbox
  • Crackle
  • Demand 5
  • Eurosport
  • Machinima
  • MUZU TV
  • Netflix
  • NOW TV
  • TED
  • Twitch
  • Wuaki.tv

Another notable UK streaming app that is not on the Xbox One list is Sky, which is currently available for Xbox 360 owners. Microsoft is still finalizing which apps will actually be ready for the November 22nd launch date and is so far not allowing people who get the Xbox One early to sign onto the Xbox Live service.

Source: Digital Spy | Image via BBC

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I cant believe Sky have yet to announce a Sky App. What is it with there love for all this Apple - and blatant lack of care for Windows. No Windows 8 store app, no Windows Phone 8 app, no XBOX ONE app) I'm starting to get sick of Sky - cancel my subscription soon if things do not look up.

MarkG84 said,
I cant believe Sky have yet to announce a Sky App. What is it with there love for all this Apple - and blatant lack of care for Windows. No Windows 8 store app, no Windows Phone 8 app, no XBOX ONE app) I'm starting to get sick of Sky - cancel my subscription soon if things do not look up.

They have Now TV. This is where sky is going now. Last week they launched the entertainment packaged on the platform. IMHO, in the future all their packages will be on Now TV

Yeah that is just silly - Im curious as to what Microsoft are going to call it. They are heavily pushing SjyDrive at the moment with Windows 8 and Xbox One - I can only see it getting more confusing once they change the name.

MarkG84 said,
I like that idea - but what about us paying customers who pay the extra £5 a month to access SkyGo?

You won't need SkyGo on the xbox. That's replaced with NowTV. Pretty sure the missing live channels are coming to Now TV in 2014.

NowTV will also port over to mobiles deprecating SkyGo

I have not watched itv in like 10 years. The shows they have are so boring, nothing ever good. Channel 4 and Dave are my favourite.

glen8 said,
Let's hope XBOX ONE has the ability to set your own static IP and DNS servers

Why wouldn't you be able to? You can on the Xbox 360 and even the Original Xbox.

InsaneNutter said,

Why wouldn't you be able to? You can on the Xbox 360 and even the Original Xbox.

devices are becoming a lot stricter. I would 'assume' you should be able to, but there's no guarantee these days

Tomo said,
Looks like ITV are missing out on the party

It was only in September ITV released an Android app, I don't think ITV ever bothered with an Xbox 360 app unless one has been added recently.

I'm still left wondering why we're still using an app for each 'channel'.

I've have thought by now, we'd have a 'TV' hub, where were apps could push it's content to so we have access to all the shows in one place, rather then having to jump back and forth between apps and differing menus and what not.

For this reason, I'm glad I don't use apps for my TV consumption.

sagum said,
I'm still left wondering why we're still using an app for each 'channel'.

I've have thought by now, we'd have a 'TV' hub, where were apps could push it's content to so we have access to all the shows in one place, rather then having to jump back and forth between apps and differing menus and what not.

For this reason, I'm glad I don't use apps for my TV consumption.

Did you not see the video showing how the one guide works? You can pin app channels to it (so lets say the comedy section from bbci player could be listed as a channel in your one guide - for example).

Its basically exactly what you describe, and its already done.

Nope, I've not seen that.

Sounds good though.

However, after Microsoft ditched the people hub for social updates, the messaging hub for .. well messaging, I don't hold out much hope that the one guide will stand the test of time, or at the very least be supported by app and content providers... without Microsoft giving them a push in the right direction... yeah.

Now I'm left wondering if we already have this One guide thingie in Windows 8 already or it is just another one of Microsoft's wait and see launch things or simply ignoring the PC in general since they're so disjointed still when it comes to the whole ecosystem idea?

Sounds promising though, one of the big features I wish Plex media server would support is combing different providers into one screen. I'd probably move over to the xbox one just for that if they also supported a nice GUI for my movie library

its xbox one only, no idea if they have pc plans. The whole point with the xbox one and its name is that all your TV entertainment goes through the box and you have easy access/control over the lot (TV, catchup, app video etc).

Seriously take a look, seems pretty cool.

sagum said,
I'm still left wondering why we're still using an app for each 'channel'.

A consortium of a large chunk of British channel operators got together to create a one stop shop to do exactly what you're speaking about. However, OfCOM disbanded them claiming it would be anti competitive. Fools.