BBC still wants iPlayer on Xbox 360

The BBC still want to release the iPlayer on Xbox 360 in the near future, if Daniel Danker is correct. Danker, the general manager for programmes and on-demand,  made his comments in an interview with TechRadar.

Microsoft and BBC appear to be arguing over how best to make the service available. Microsoft wants the service to be available only to Gold members on Xbox LIVE, while the BBC want the iPlayer to be made available to all members. The BBC has just rolled out an HTML5 version of the service on Sony's PlayStation 3, but the service remains oddly absent on the Xbox 360. A compromise between the two companies may eventually be reached in the future though the progress made in talks between the two is unknown.

The latest version of the iPlayer is available on both the PlayStation 3, and on so-called "smart TVs" with internet access it also boasts an overhauled interface, and also includes a new system for searching..

Microsoft's supposed goal of monetising many different features on Xbox LIVE was also spoken of after rumors appeared online that Valve want to update Team Fortress 2 on Xbox 360. Microsoft apparently blocked the release of an update from Valve on the grounds that it was not a paid update for the game. Valve intended to release it for free, as all of their previous updates were free on the PC and Mac versions of Team Fortress 2. With The Orange Box having released on the Xbox 360 in 2007 it would be nothing short of remarkable if DLC support suddenly appeared for the game, almost four years after its release.

During the interview with TechRadar, Danker was asked whether he found it frustrating for the service not to be available across all games consoles. His response was merely shrugging the question off, though he later went on to say this:

"We want to be on as many devices as possible. Of course we'd love to be on the Xbox because we want to get the iPlayer to as many licence payers as possible, which is pretty much everyone in the UK. We want to be on the cheapest level that you can have on Xbox, and not only for [Xbox Live] Gold subscribers."

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downhillrider said,
why do I even want bbc on my xbox

To... watch BBC programmes after they've aired, on demand?
No, no, you're right. Why should be want free features that give us an optional extra media function.

Considering the announcement made at E3 regarding Microsoft's over the top content partners Canal+ and the other one.... I think BBC are smokin on a pipe dream.

This is long overdue, MS greed strikes again. Sky Player is Gold only and a poor alternative. I never play games online and only need Gold for Sky Player, which I already pay for through my Sky tv subs. Why do I have to pay a further £40 to Microsoft? PS3 looks more attractive day by day, MS claim the 'paid for Gold service' has all these added benefits, but I'm not interested in them.

For once Microsoft are actually more closed than Apple, where the iPad app has been very successful and free

I wish they'd hurry up and get something in place though. To be honest, this issue has gone on far too long. If the iPlayer can be a global app for the iPad, why not for the 360?

Microsoft don't like giving things away for free. It just won't happen. The time you spend watching iPlayer means less time playing games, buying premium content, watching premium content. It goes against everything Xbox Live stands for. They don't mind you watching Netflix instead of other XBL stuff because it's a premuim feature. BBC iPlayer will never be like that in the UK.

oceanmotion said,
Microsoft don't like giving things away for free. It just won't happen. The time you spend watching iPlayer means less time playing games, buying premium content, watching premium content. It goes against everything Xbox Live stands for. They don't mind you watching Netflix instead of other XBL stuff because it's a premuim feature. BBC iPlayer will never be like that in the UK.

They don't make their billions giving stuff away. To Microsoft credit though, they do give a lot of product, services, and money away, especially to developers but also to many others.

Make it free for everyone in the UK, but make it a part of Gold (i.e. included in the Gold subscription) for everyone else in the world.

There. Wasn't so hard to figure out a win win solution was it?

blerk said,
Make it free for everyone in the UK, but make it a part of Gold (i.e. included in the Gold subscription) for everyone else in the world.

There. Wasn't so hard to figure out a win win solution was it?

Why would the BBC let world wide users, use their iPlayer service for free (you pay Microsoft for Gold) while the hole UK has to pay a TV licence to pay for this, hence the reason the BBC want UK users to not have to pay anything to use it, because we already pay for it.

In your terms, give Netflix to the UK via Gold for free while you in the US can pay monthly for it.

Just to clear up any confusion. While we do already pay for it, that's not the main issue. BBC iPlayer must be available on the lowest tier available if a device has that. XBL has Silver/Free as it's lowest tier so it must be available on that. If Xbox 360 was exclusively Gold only with no free option, BBC iPlayer would be available. Things like TVs, iPhone, DVD/Blu-Ray players don't have tiers so there is no problem.

SCRISP said,

Why would the BBC let world wide users, use their iPlayer service for free (you pay Microsoft for Gold) while the hole UK has to pay a TV licence to pay for this, hence the reason the BBC want UK users to not have to pay anything to use it, because we already pay for it.

In your terms, give Netflix to the UK via Gold for free while you in the US can pay monthly for it.

What the eff are you talking about pal?

blerk is implying that UK xbox live users should not pay anything towards having iplayer on xbox as they already pay through the tv license, but as iPlayer worldwide is a subscription service then it would need to be paid for from xbox live gold subs - it's up to Aunty Beeb and MS to fight over who pays what for how much and how often.

I'm sure that a streaming-only service from iplayer for worldwide (ie, non-UK based) xbox users as part of a gold sub, with the option to pay extra for download capability wouldn't be that hard to sort out.

Not sure if iPlayer is UK only (if it is then ignore the rest of this) but if it's such a big problem for Microsoft couldn't they allow it on UK Silver accounts but only Gold (and upwards) for the rest of the world?

Offer it for all members Microsoft, all it would be is more reason to join Xbox 360 and offer more features to Gold members, such as Parties and the ability to download the iPlayer content (With a time trial of course).