The BBC has made their popular iPlayer service available on the Xbox 360 starting today. iPlayer will allow Xbox LIVE users to access a variety of BBC content on their consoles. iPlayer also supports Kinect, meaning that viewers will be able to control iPlayer with their voice and with hand gestures.
iPlayer is available for free today for Xbox LIVE users. It is only available in the UK, however, so if you’re an American looking for your Top Gear fix, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Today’s launch makes the BBC the first British content provider to be available on all three consoles.
iPlayer is the BBC’s video-on-demand service. It allows British viewers to watch live episodes of a most of the BBC’s shows, as well as catch up on recent episodes. It also includes archives of some of the BBC’s most popular shows. It is available on a number of platforms, including streaming set-top boxes like the Roku, a variety of smart TVs, some Blu-ray players, and mobile platforms including iOS and Android.
iPlayer is also available in several countries around the world. For British viewers the service is covered by the annual television license fee. Viewers outside the UK are required to pay a subscription fee. American viewers will have to continue making do with BBC America for the foreseeable future, as iPlayer is not presently available on any US platform.