The Xbox 360 version of the BBC iPlayer will launch next week, as reported by several outlets this morning. Crucially though, it’ll be available free for all – including Xbox Live Silver members.
This flies in the face of earlier speculation that Microsoft were trying to put the free service behind a pay wall, even if it’s one that already exists in the form of Xbox Live Gold.
This, clearly, hasn’t happened. In fact, doing so was – we understand – against the law because the BBC is a publicly funded organisation and thus its content has to be available for free. Well, apart from the TV license, of course.
iPlayer will join similar services on the platform for Channel 4 and Five, with iTV to follow.