Microsoft is still having “discussions” with the BBC about iPlayer for 360, told to EG by Xbox UK boss Stephen McGill. He also said to the front of Kinect’s UK and European launch today that: “There are conversations going on”.
Distinctiveness is always appreciated by people. So the biggest question for Stephen McGill is how can he add something different to it? He said:
The thing for us is, how do we add some magic sauce to that so that it’s different? A lot of people are watching that on their PC. How many people are going to watch it on the console unless we add something different?
That’s one of the things we talked about when Sky came out – how we could make it more intuitive, the social side of things, party mode environments… We put those together with Sky and launched our service. So you should talk to the BBC.
Previous year, a source from BBC said that:
iPlayer for 360 was suspended indefinitely due to Microsoft wanting it to be a Gold-only service. The BBC keeps it free to everyone as part of the TV license.’
In the answer at E3, Microsoft UK boss Neil Thompson said that “the service wasn’t exactly on the list.
Gold Only service huh! no wonder its taking time.