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BBC iPlayer for Xbox 360 given the heave-ho

Microsoft regularly causes huge annoyance for Xbox 360 users with their reluctance to offer any kind of leeway for third party software, hardware (witness their blatant profiteering regarding memory storage here) or anything else for that matter. The latest good thing that 360 fans are missing out on is BBC iPlayer, which is not only dead handy, but would look swift being pumped out onto a proper telly instead of on a poxy laptop screen.

Microsoft’s policy of charging everyone for proper content through Xbox Live’s subscription service has cost it the iPlayer, because the Beeb considers that to contribute to a fee paying service would break their public service remit. Why in that case they allow it to be used on Sky is anybody’s guess, but it gets a big hearty booooooo anyway.

‘Microsoft only wants to offer its users access to platforms it can charge for as this is the model it is pursuing,’ sources said to The Telegraph. ‘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 iPlayer 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,’ they added. ‘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.’ Come on Microsoft, sort it aaahhht.

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