Microsoft has been working hard in recent months to turn its Xbox 360 into more than just a game console. In the U.K., the company has been introducing entertainment services like Channel 4, Channel 5, Netflix, Lovefilm, and Sky Player. And from today, Brits will finally have access to BBC iPlayer.
The BBC’s popular catchup service has been available to PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii owners for some time, but this is the first time it has graced Microsoft’s platform. Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox and Entertainment for Microsoft, says iPlayer takes Xbox LIVE to the next level:
“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 takes the service to the next level.”
The application brings with it a number of hand gestures and voice commands that allow you to control the entire service using only your Kinect. The Next Web, who have already had some time with the new app, reports that you can navigate program categories, find certain titles, and even toggle high-definition on or off by simply shouting out specific commands. You can also wave your hands to interact with the app’s interface from your couch.
If you’re a little uncomfortable with the idea of talking to your Xbox or waving your arms around in front of your set — or you don’t have a Kinect — you can control iPlayer using your Xbox controller or a media remote.
As you’d expect, the BBC iPlayer app for Xbox is completely free to download. And what’s more, unlike other Xbox LIVE apps, you don’t need an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription to use it.
Have you installed BBC iPlayer on your Xbox yet?
[via The Next Web]