BBC iPlayer hits Xbox 360 roadblock

While the service runs for free on both Wii and PS3 consoles, Xbox 360 users will have to wait longer to view the BBC’s popular iPlayer streamin

While the service runs for free on both Wii and PS3 consoles, Xbox 360 users will have to wait longer to view the BBC’s popular iPlayer streaming service on their consoles, after talks with Microsoft broke down.

Microsoft want to make the service available only to those users who pay for Xbox Live Gold accounts, joining services like Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm in the console's growing premium multimedia offering.

However, this causes a problem for the BBC, as it cannot charge for iPlayer content because of its public service remit.

It now seems the launch of the iPlayer has now been delayed indefinitely, which is a bit of a disappointment for Xbox 360 owners to say the least.

As we reported earlier, the iPlayer will soon be launching on Freesat and an improved iPhone version will soon be available as well.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed that it was keen to get the service on Microsoft's console, stating: "People clearly want the BBC iPlayer on their gaming consoles, and we don't think Xbox users are any different, so we've had discussions with Microsoft about bringing the service to the platform."

That's all we've got to go on for now, but here's hoping Microsoft sees the error in its ways and gives up access to iPlayer for free.

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Via: Gamesindustry.biz