The other day the BBC said – while offering updates for the PS3 version – they were hopeful that their wonderful iPlayer application would get picked up by Microsoft for their Xbox Live service. Well Microsoft have slapped that down, saying that they don't think they can bring anything new to the party, so will leave it to others. Which is a shame.
'I think the way we look at the services we have with our TV services, we're very happy with what we're doing with Sky,' said Neil Thompson, Microsoft's Senior Regional Director for Northern Europe. 'What we really want to do is ensure that we can differentiate and bring new things and that's about really looking at the services we have and saying 'how can we improve those and make those even more interactive and more differentiated?'
'Now that we have Kinect coming to the platform as well I think that's all we're going to focus our energy on and that's where we're going to put all of our focus on in the next year.'
'iPlayer is available on a lot of platforms, people connect to that content in a lot of ways today and it's like 'where would we add value to that particular property at this point?' and we think we can probably add value in other areas at the moment.'