iPlayer Launched On Xbox 360 With Voice And Motion Control

The BBC's iPlayer catch-up TV streaming service is finally out on the Xbox 360, after a considerable wait.

However, at least the software engineers at the Beeb have put that development time to good use, ensuring that the iPlayer for Xbox has Kinect support for both motion and voice controls built-in. Programmes can be selected and played using hand swipes and spoken words.

The other piece of good news is that the service is available and free to all Xbox Live users, including non-Gold subscribers. One of the reasons for the delayed arrival of iPlayer on the console was the fact that discussions over the service being free hit stumbling blocks with good old "we'd rather charge" Microsoft.

Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand, commented: "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."

"As we continue our work to make BBC iPlayer as simple as possible, we're also excited to experiment with natural user interfaces made possible with Kinect, including voice and gesture control. We believe it's early days for these experiences, but see a great future working with partners such as Microsoft on innovations like these."

High Definition playback is also available for those programmes which support it.

Auntie Beeb's iPlayer is now on more than 450 different platforms and devices, including the PS3 and Wii consoles, as well as Virgin Media, BT Vision, FreeSat, Freeview, and a large range of phones, tablets and smart TVs. It's also coming to Sky later this year.