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BBC iPlayer postponed on Xbox 360 indefinitely

Saturday, 28 November 2009 22:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Looks like the BBC iPlayer has been postponed indefinitely on Xbox Live due to a stalemate on a service agreement.

See, the BBC wants it to be free, Microsoft charges for services. Never the twain shall meet, apparently.

“Microsoft only wants to offer its users access to platforms it can charge for as this is the model it is pursuing,” explained a BBC source to Telegraph UK. “It wants to ensure that only those paying for Xbox Live Gold accounts can access its additional content services and even then there is usually a charge on top to get access to those. For example, to access the Sky Player on Xbox, you have to pay for a Gold subscription as well as a Sky subscription.

“This does not fit with the BBC’s model and Microsoft will not budge at the moment. It is really frustrating for those involved on the BBC side who want to make sure iPlayer is rolled out on as many popular entertainment platforms as possible.

The BBC cannot charge the British public for access to the iPlayer as it is already included in the licence fee

Currently, PS3 and Wii offer free access to the BBC iPlayer.

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26 Comments

  1. Mike

    hehe. oops!

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Bulk Slash

    Microsoft seem to be trying to use everything as a means to get people to subscribe to Live. First it was just multiplayer which was fair enough. Now even demos are locked for a fortnight if you don’t have Gold and free services like Twitter aren’t free on the 360.

    Clearly MS feel confident that they don’t need to provide new services to sell the console, but they do need new features on Live to drive subscriptions. If they’re being this aggressive about it, it either means they’re desperate for subscribers or it’s where they make the real money on the Xbox and they want to keep people subscribed. It’s a bit like an MMO! ;)

    I know Microsoft like recurring revenue from subscriptions, but at some point people are going to see most of these services on the PS3 for free and wonder what they’re paying for, at which point Microsoft’s precious subscribers might start to abandon ship…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    It really does show the contempt MS have for silver account holders, when they’ll go so far as to deny the entire service from the 360, just to prevent silver users from getting free access to it. In the face of Sony and Nintendo’s free offerings, it’s mind boggling.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Lawlost

    M$ really are prats. This is not the BBC holding out on them, they have no choice, the BBC cannot allow anyone, even you microsoft, to charge for the iPlayer. Err Sony get this so do Nintendo just you money grabbing gits that don’t. Get a grip.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mike

    “I know Microsoft like recurring revenue from subscriptions, but at some point people are going to see most of these services on the PS3 for free and wonder what they’re paying for, at which point Microsoft’s precious subscribers might start to abandon ship…”

    Judging by the numbers: it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon: http://www.vg247.com/2009/11/28/xbl-1-million-profiles-created-for-last-fm/

    #5 6 years ago
  6. zoopdeloop

    Yeah we leave in a zombie era…people are brainwashed

    #6 6 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    What did Microsoft hope to achieve? They’ve behaved like complete twits, here, simply because they should have been fully aware, before they’d even presented the idea, that the BBC wouldn’t have it.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Withnail

    iPlayer alone would sell 360 hardware in the UK. MS are a bunch of fucking muppets sometimes.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    The problem is Sony needs to bring the software of the PS3 to the hardware standard of the PS3 which is their main problem. PS3 has all this power etc but the software which they offer just doesnt take advantage, they need more things to make being on your PS3 a lot better. Not just games. I mean look at Xbox Live, its got something that makes people wanna subscribe so why doesnt Sony get that special something, then they will be same or better. I really wish Sony would realise this and open their eyes sometimes.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    I disasgree their Yoshi. Joe Bloggs public buys the slightly cheaper better advertised 360 which has 3 months gold. They like it, then it runs out and their left with a shitty silver service… What to do? Its not a question of want to pay its a question of have to pay.
    It’ll be interesting if the old rumour of the Gold account doubling in price turns out to be true, just how many people will still be willing to stump up the cash.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. DarkElfa

    Microsoft was, is and always shall be a nickel and dime outfit. They found exactly what they were looking for in the Xbox-360, their version of an iPhone where they can have complete control to rape and pillage their customers into oblivion and beyond.

    Fuck em. I’ve never been a fan of Sony but if I were to buy a console tomorrow, its would be a PS3.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. bugmenot

    I still think the model for online services should be free basic model supported by advertising with near full functionality and then a premium version removing advertisements. As long as the adverts dont suck too much bandwidth i dont care. The ads in Vidzone for example dont bother me at all.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. freedoms_stain

    Or you can have the MS model. You pay and you get ads.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Retroid

    Actually, that’s more the Sky model ;)

    (And demos are locked out from Silver for a week, IIRC, not a fortnight)

    But yeah, this is just bloody stupid. iPlayer is one service, surely they can just accept that it’s a selling point and the other offerings could just be on Gold.

    Gah.

    /Would bloody love iPlayer on 360, stupid MS

    #14 6 years ago
  15. moremony

    Hey ,Clearly MS feel confident that they don’t need to provide new services to sell the console, but they do need new features on Live to drive subscriptions. If they’re being this aggressive about it, it either means they’re desperate for subscribers or it’s where they make the real money on the Xbox and they want to keep people subscribed. It’s a bit like an MMO!
    Attorney
    Moremony

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Goffee

    Don’t know whether to laugh or cry. All consoles are getting loads of great extra services; some free, some paid, some content-paid, and then Microsoft turns around and does – expecting a free service to become paid, just because its Microsoft – a company that’s not exactly God in the console space…. really, really, lame.
    It feels like its holding back the whole push to bigger, better, wider, more. Oh well, back to the PSP comic store!

    #16 6 years ago
  17. NiceFellow

    I can understand paying MS for Live for its online gameplay services, but paying to get access to Twitter, etc – or iPlayer if BBC did allow it – is just nuts.

    I’m just amazed people are paying for access to stuff that is actually, via other mediums, free. Insane.

    This also shows that MS want Silver to be the weakest service they can get away with offering, while trying to make everything else seem worth the money – even though increasingly the other services shouldn’t technically require further money for the consumer.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    “I can understand paying MS for Live for its online gameplay services”

    Ok.

    “I’m just amazed people are paying for access to stuff that is actually, via other mediums, free. Insane.”

    o.O But you just said… Ah, never mind.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Blerk

    Bizarrely, Microsoft insisting on charging for extra features like these actually makes me less interested in upgrading to Gold. I get the idea that if I did decide to upgrade they’d then invent ‘Platinum’ or something and want me to give them even more money.

    In the face of extremely similar ‘free’ services from the other platforms, the continual withholding of fairly unexciting features from the non-paying community seems somewhat dickish. Nobody on Earth was ever going to decide to upgrade to Gold just to get access to iPlayer, ffs.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Dralen

    Yep and this is why I stopped paying for a Gold Subscription a long time ago.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. rainer

    This is pretty much why I stopped using the 360 and switched to the PS3.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. robmlufc

    Are Microsoft stupid?? BBC cant charge for iPlayer even if they wanted to.. due to the unique way the BBC is funded. So its free or not at all… and Microsoft choose not at all, oops..

    Actually iPlayer isnt free, all us Brits fund it. It might make sense to charge for people using it outside the UK.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    The BBC probably license their programs out worldwide, so they may not have the rights to charge for streaming in other countries unless they wait until their current agreements expire and renegotiate.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Mike

    Anyway, it’s a games console first and foremost. I don’t use for anything else apart from streaming media from PC to TV.

    All these “features” that are free on other machines don’t interest me in the slightest, tbh.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. No_PUDding

    You’d be hard pressed to fit a 360 inside a PS3 or Wii, so I guess there’s literally no way you’ll ever be interested Mike.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    Mike said: Anyway, it’s a games console first and foremost. I don’t use for anything else apart from streaming media from PC to TV.

    All these “features” that are free on other machines don’t interest me in the slightest, tbh.

    Bullshit we all know you stick your dick in your 360 and try to fuck it. M$ must be stopped!

    #26 6 years ago

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    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]