BBC iPlayer Now Available On The Xbox 360

Voice command: "Give me Eastenders - and make it the omnibus"

The BBC iPlayer will now be available to all Xbox 360 users.

Despite already having been available on the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii for donkey’s years, this version will benefit from voice and gesture commands thanks to its Kinect integration system.

Reports suggest this instantly makes it cooler than its remote-controlled peers.

Daniel Danker, BBC general manager of programmes and 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.”

Launched back in 2007, the iPlayer has been hugely successful for the BBC and is now available on everything from smart TVs to mobile phones.

Despite initial discussions between the gaming giant and the beeb back in 2009, the iPlayer never made the move to the Xbox because Mr X and Mrs Box wanted to charge for all the content available on their live platform. The cheek of it!

Stephen McGill, director of Xbox and entertainment for Microsoft has now seen sense and said: “We are delighted that BBC iPlayer is now available on Xbox LIVE. Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the UK and globally last year, while Xbox LIVE is one of the UK’s leading comprehensive VOD entertainment services on TVs.”

The addition of BBC iPlayer now means that the Xbox 360 offers TV content from Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Netflix, LoveFilm and YouTube.