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Gold Membership Stopping BBC iPlayer Coming To Xbox

Felix Kemp
BBC iPlayer, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold

Gold Membership Stopping BBC iPlayer Coming To Xbox

Played too much CoD and missed Eastenders? Want to catch up on Snog Marry Avoid? but can't summon the energy to leave your bedroom? Well, BBC iPlayer could change all that; if it were on Xbox 360, that is. The service - which allows you to re-watch over 6 million programs - can currently be found on PS3 where it received a major HTML 5 upgrade, but not on Microsoft's platform. And according to the BBC, Microsoft's premium service is the only stopping block between iPlayer making to their machine.

"We want to be on as many devices as possible," Daniel Danker, general manager for programs and on-demand,  told Tech Radar in regards to the iPlayer service. "Of course we'd love to be on the Xbox because we want to get the iPlayer to as many license payers as possible, which is pretty much everyone in the UK."

So what's stopping them? Well, Gold; Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, to be precise. The paid-for service rewards customers with access to a wealth of premium services, but the BBC isn't interested in being a part of this. "We want to be on the cheapest level that you can have on the Xbox," Danker explained, "not only for [Xbox Live] Gold subscribers."

I don't think we'll ever see iPlayer on the 360, if this is the case. Microsoft isn't likely to back down on their standards, as to do so would open up the door to a dozen other unpaid options which the company isn't too fond of. So, as such, enjoy the new iPlayer on your PCs, Smart TVs and PS3s. [Tech Radar]

Add a comment3 comments
hurrakan  Aug. 8, 2011 at 11:17

Ok I've decided - I'm going to stop paying for Xbox Live Gold. Not worth it anymore.

How can Microsoft justify Gold membership? It doesn't even pay for dedicated servers.

Last edited by hurrakan, Aug. 8, 2011 at 11:18
alexpoth  Aug. 8, 2011 at 11:28

Why cant they just enable it for Silver Members? :S

StolenDiagram  Aug. 8, 2011 at 11:53

Because Microsoft don't think like normal companies - they believe that people will happily pay through the nose for a gaming service provided for nothing by it's competitors. Realizing that this isn't a sound business move, M$ are taking as many "free" services as they can get their grubby hands on such as facebook and twitter and stuffing them into gold subs only, just to try and trick the common man into believing that their premium service offers value for money.

I mean who DOESN'T want to tweet via their xbox console eh?


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