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Xbox 360 gets BBC iPlayer with Kinect controls

450 iPlayer friendly devices and platforms later, Xbox LIVE finally gets to play with the video-on-demand service

BBC iPlayer is now available on Xbox LIVE for free – but before you rush off to lovingly embrace your trusty Xbox 360 and re-watch that nail-biting Masterchef final, read on for the details.

Anyone who’s too stingy for an Xbox LIVE Gold sub will be pretty happy that the BBC has defended your right to watch its programming for nothing. Unlike a lot of the Smart TV-style apps (like YouTube and LOVEFiLM) that launched with the new Xbox LIVE dashboard at the end of last year, BBC iPlayer on Xbox 360 won’t be restricted to paid up gamers.

More good news come in the form of support for voice and gesture recognition with Kinect – OK we get the feeling you’ve run off to try this now.

You’ll see that the BBC iPlayer app matches the new Metro-inspired Xbox LIVE UI with big, swipeable image tiles to simplify your next-gen controls. Alright, you win – we’re on our way.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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