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BBC iPlayer makes Xbox 360 debut


By John Glenday | Reporter

March 20, 2012 | 1 min read

Tortuous negotiations between Microsoft and the BBC have finally concluded with the BBC’s digital catch up service being made available on the Xbox 360 console.

The deal was made possible after Microsoft performed a volte face and agreed to allow free access – having previously insisted it be allowed to charge for all content on the Xbox Live platform.

It means gamers will be able to access their favourite shows via the console and even navigate menus using the Kinect motion controller.

The deal means the BBC’s phenomenally successful player is now available on 450 different platforms, including mobile phones and internet connected TV’s.

Daniel Danker, BBC general manager, Programmes & On-Demand, said: “Xbox is hugely successful in the UK. Given the BBC’s goal to reach its entire audience, I’m particularly excited that the BBC will be bringing iPlayer to all Xbox users at no extra cost as part of Xbox LIVE’s free membership.”


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