BBC iPlayer to land on Xbox One by the end of 2014

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The PS4 version of the player has been available since the console launched

The BBC has announced their iPlayer for Xbox One will be available by the end of this year.

"I am happy to announce that we're aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year” wrote the BBC’s executive product manager Marcus Parnwell on the company's Blog.

An Xbox version of BBC iPlayer has been in development at the Beeb for some time, but until now an expected release hasn’t been confirmed.

PS4 users have been able to access the iPlayer since the console first launched in November last year. At the time iPlayer for Xbox One was mentioned although no reason has so far been given as to why the console has had to wait longer to get the app.

During the previous generation, PS3 got BBC iPlayer in 2008 with Xbox 360 having to wait until 2012. The delay was due in part to the BBC’s refusal to place their app behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall, as this would go against the company’s directive to provide non-commercial content.

Recently Microsoft removed the requirement to have an Xbox Live Gold account to view entertainment apps on Xbox One, bringing it more in line with PlayStation.

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