BBC confirms Xbox One iPlayer app is in development

But iPlayer won't be available for the launch of the console.

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The BBC has confirmed that an Xbox One app for the iPlayer is in the works, but will not be ready for the console's launch on November 22.

Last week Microsoft confirmed that 13 entertainment apps would be available at the UK launch of the Xbox One: 4oD, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Crackle, Demand 5, Eurosport, Machinima, Muzu, Netflix, Now TV, Ted, Twitch, and Wuaki.tv.

Apps for ITV and Sky are also absent along with BBC's iPlayer.

"iPlayer is already available to audiences on over 1000 devices and platforms in the UK," said a BBC spokesperson to Digital Spy.

"While we are working to bring BBC iPlayer to Xbox One in the future, we have no further details to share at this time."

Alongside the entertainment apps, every Xbox One worldwide will come with access to Xbox Fitness, Xbox Video, Xbox Music, Internet Explorer, Skype, SkyDrive, and Upload.

Discussion

23 comments
Algearond
Algearond

All good but IE is crap. Chrome FTW.

Algearond
Algearond

Really liking the vast amount of apps on the Xbox One, just one more reason to get.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Of course Hulu Plus isn't in the list.  I don't understand why Hulu has such a hard time getting their app on various devices...it has the same basic functionality as Netflix, and those guys are everywhere.  And why would they spend their limited resources putting an app on the Nintendo 3DS before putting one on the PlayStation Vita?  What the heck?

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

Only reason it wasn't on the 360 is because BBC won't allow the BBC iplayer to be behind a pay wall. MS are obv working on bringing it to the X1 tho.

stanvx
stanvx

XBMC or Plex would complete this console!

blackace
blackace

Just more options and apps. I don't need all these apps on my XBox One. I'll probably delete what I don't need and save some space.

LS-Chaos
LS-Chaos

Wish we would get it here :/

Wahar
Wahar

At first I read Xbox would have a new app called iPayer... lol

Takeno456
Takeno456

I enjoy BBC news. Its better then the crappy news channel options here in the states. I hope this will be available in the US at some point.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Nice for Brits.  BBC had a stick up their ass about working with MS last gen, didn't they?  I hope this works how the website works.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that my US IP didn't block me from watching and listening to stuff.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

I guess this is just for the UK ;_; BBC America used to actually play British programming, now they just play US shows w/ British actors like Star Trek:TNG and the US version of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares.

I miss watching shows like In-Betweeners, Friday Night Dinner and Spaced. Even classics like Red Dwarf and Are You Being Served? Bring back the British programming BBC America!

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Why no BBC iPlayer at launch or in the near future for the xbox one ? perhaps it has something to do with UK law stating you can't put the BBC iPlayer behind a paywall. Unlike all the other services Microsoft is claiming ownership of and charging you again for the privilege of using on your bought and paid for console !

mattcake
mattcake

Clearly too busy spending £1billion of the license payers money to support a pay-(again)-to-view sports channel.

coatesyman
coatesyman

@blobby-blobby or yeah forgot BBC won't allow the iplayer behind a pay wall that must be why it's free on Sky HD boxes even if you don't pay sky a penny oh no wait it isn't. You pay Sky £10.25 per month maybe you should do some research before spouting off. 

kkee
kkee

@Senor_Kami What?! The BBC is available to everyone with a TV license in the UK, and must be made freely available. Microsoft wanted to charge for the use of iplayer (through Xbox Live Gold), which would go against the BBC's charter.

shingui5
shingui5

@iMpLuX 

Half of those shows aren't even BBC shows. Are you sure you watched them on BBC? 

mack04
mack04

Iplayer is on 360 and needs live to work. It's probably because the bbc has better things to do

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@shingui5 @iMpLuX Yea BBC America used to play anything British. It didn't have to be BBC exclusive as a lot of shows shown were produced by Sky, ITV and Channel 4 programs. 

I remember I loved the show Hardware that BBC America first aired here in 2007 and was my first exposure to Martin Freeman. I remember when I saw Hot Fuzz in theatres here in the States, seeing him and going 'I know him from Hardware!'

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@mack04 I thought it was free because of regulations to do with the licence fee, I stand corrected yet another reason not to by an xbox as if we needed any more 

calamityo
calamityo

@iMpLuX

The whole point it being the BBCi-player is to show BBC programmes. If you have the other players, then it defeats the point of having i-player when you're not really watching them shows made / aired by the BBC. 

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@calamityo @de-astroturfer Oh so because Sony chose to focus on games that means they can't have the BBC iPlayer netflix ect ???? perhaps they should delete those apps on the PS3 too, then Microsoft could have a monopoly on those apps and charge what they want to access them, not sure the BBC and Netflix ect would be too happy with that little idea 

calamityo
calamityo

@de-astroturfer 

BBCi-player..nothing to cry over. Not game related. But wait isn't that Sony drones argument. Change the goal post to suit their / your argument.