iPlayer debuts on Xbox with Kinect voice and gesture features


The BBC has launched the iPlayer on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console free of charge, with plans for a launch on Sky’s Anytime platform now in the works. The move makes the BBC’s online catch-up service available all the UK's major gaming platforms. The deal has taken three years to be agreed after Microsoft initially wanted to charge for all content.

Xbox 360 users with Kinect will be able to control the iPlayer using hand gestures and voice recognition.

Users with Kinect can shout the name of the category, the programme title or even “HD On”,and the Xbox will respond accordingly.

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