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  • Message 1. Posted by ash_boro (U13936422) on , permalink

    is the iplayer going to be made available on the xbox 360? i read somewhere that its available on TV's with windows media extender but think it would be good if it was available on the 360 like on the wii.

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  • Message 2. Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on , permalink

    Unlike the Wii and PS3 there's no web browser on the Xbox, so the BBC could only put it on the 360 if Microsoft helped.

    The head of Xbox UK, Neil Thompson, has said publicly he doesn't want iPlayer on the platform. Any complaints are best aimed directly at him...

    Phazer

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  • Message 3. Posted by MrAngry (U13937018) on , permalink

    Strange that the company that made the internet browser the core of its business should reject it on their flagship product.

    Microsoft want us to use BTVision, which was supposed to turn up, oh I dunno, last year? This would create competition with the BBC so no iPlayer.

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  • Message 4. Posted by Mogster42 (U13949157) on , permalink

    With the old player, you could download programmes to your PC, but watch them on the xbox, by setting up media sharing in windows media player, all you had to do was have your xbox360 and pc on the same network. The option to do this doesn't seem to be there any more, 360 can't find the downloads folder for the new player. The problem might be that the xbox can't play mpegs, so ripping the videos to avi format should make them readable, but it's a not very legal solution (although the lisencing data that deletes them a week after they are watched still remains, so it might be ok), but it shouldn't be needed when the older version didn't have any problems.

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  • Message 5. Posted by sock_puppet (U8651941) on , permalink

    You can still download most content in wmv format which should still work on your Xbox

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  • Message 6. Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on , permalink

    The 360 compatible WMV files are still available under other downloads, as mentioned above.

    However, that has never been an ideal solution, as the 360 refuses to allow video to be copied to it's own hard drive, and won't play protected content from a USB stick - so you've got to have your PC running and stream the programme over a wireless network with Windows Media Center.

    I dunno about other people, but between my living room situated quad-core box and the 360's own fans I need subtitles on.

    Microsoft could fix this so, so easily, but have always really lagged behind with video on the Xbox. Sigh.

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  • Message 7. Posted by Gregmeister (U9240201) on , permalink

    QUOTE:
    The head of Xbox UK, Neil Thompson, has said
    publicly he doesn't want iPlayer on the platform.
    UNQUOTE

    Well, the man is quite clearly an idiot for rejecting the UK's most popular VoD service.
    Since the upgraded XBox360 Dashboard was introduced last November, a version
    of BBC iPlayer (built specially for the best console) would fit in quite nicely.

    I don't they'd need to have a web browser on the XBox360 for apps like BBC iPlayer,
    when it could be moulded into the existiing Dashboard UI. You can bet any browser
    they'd make for the XBox360 would be built upon Internet Explorer!

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  • Message 8. Posted by Jamie Gray (U531119) on , permalink

    It's becoming a bit more clear why he wouldn't want the iPlayer on the xBox. With Sky bringing their Sky Player to the xBox dashboard they will be worried about subscription revenue which could be impacted by having the free iPlayer available.

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  • Message 9. Posted by harrypalmer62 (U5301091) on , permalink

    Mogster42 the Xbox 360 does play mpeg files just make sure you are signed into Xbox Live when you try to play them and it downs an update then mpegs are playable. ;-)

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  • Message 10. Posted by harrypalmer62 (U5301091) on , permalink

    Mogster42 the Xbox 360 does play mpeg files just make sure you are signed into Xbox Live when you try to play them and it downs an update then mpegs are playable. smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 11. Posted by Glenn Channon (U14251910) on , permalink

    I have setup a petition to get Microsoft to change there stance. We have strength in numbers.

    Allow BBC iPlayer on Microsoft X-Box 360

    www.gopetition.com/o...

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  • Message 12. Posted by John99 (U13871221) on , permalink

    Give it a try.

    Now if you had a vote for every $500 in Bill & Melinda's trust fund that would be numbers.
    (but I think it would need more than the entie uk population to sign up)

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  • Message 13. Posted by joshua baldwin (U14253930) on , permalink

    the vast majority of xbox360 users are gold members and i believe that practically all xbox users do not care whether iplayer is paid for within gold membership not non paid for in silver membership. (for the record i would MUCH MUCH rather have iplayer than sky).

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  • Message 14. Posted by Joseph Heaven (U14349861) on , permalink

    I am actually really angry with Microsoft about this. I bought a 360 under the mistaken assumption that like other consoles I would be able to surf the net, watch the iPlayer and do all the things that I can do for free on any PC I currently have access to or indeed would be able to do on nearly all the other current consoles. Frankly it's basically as far as I can see a simple case of Microsoft wanting money for services that ought to be free, and indeed are actually free everywhere else that means we have to unplug our Xboxes and plug in our PCs to do anything much other than play games, meaning in turn that they do themselves even further damage. Why they think any of us would be daft enough to pay them premium rates for free services is beyond me and I am actually very likely to ditch the xbox completely in favour of a PS2 or Wii if they don't resolve this in the next few months. I feel like I have completely wasted my money in buying an xbox and certainly wouldn't advise any other technology buffs out there to buy one if asked, purely because of this completely ridiculous obsession Microsoft seem to have with monetising services that are not even really thiers to sell. I am certainly not convinced by the arguments they have put forward for the charges thus far anyway, sadly it looks unlikely they will have the foresight to change.

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  • Message 15. Posted by Jakeway (U4911659) on , permalink

    I'd really love iPlayer on the Xbox.

    I found a facebook Campaign to bring BBC iPlayer to Xbox Live. It has 1,8030 Likes. Please have a look a click Like.

    www.facebook.com/pag...

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