BBC iPlayer launches on Xbox Live

Free TV catch-up service is now available on all major gaming platforms

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BBC iPlayer, the digital catch-up service, has today launched on Microsoft’s Xbox Live platform.

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With PlayStation and Wii users already able to see a version of iPlayer via their internet-connected consoles, the new launch means iPlayer is now available on all major UK gaming platforms – as well as various mobile and tablet devices and via Freeview and Freesat digiboxes, BT Vision, Virgin and, later this year, Sky.

Xbox users with Kinect will be able to find and play programmes on iPlayer using hand gestures and voice recognition. 

The new Xbox service currently features TV programmes only, with radio content to be added later in the year.

The BBC’s programmes and on-demand general manager, Daniel Danker, 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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For a tour of the new service, watch the video below.