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Xbox One to get updated iPlayer by Christmas alongside TiVo and YouView

The Xbox One, Virgin Media TiVo, YouView boxes and crusty old BT Vision are all set for new versions of the BBC iPlayer this year.

It’s the latest stage in the rollout of the ‘new’ iPlayer, which was previewed in March and got its final launch in May before the BBC began rolling it out to more than 1,200 devices.

The 2014 edition of iPlayer features improved search, recommendations and catch-up, and is designed to look and feel as similar as possible on every device, from phones to Sky+HD.

The BBc iPlayer will be updated for Xbox One, Virgin TiVo, BT and YouView
The BBC iPlayer will be updated before Christmas for Xbox One, Virgin Media TiVo, YouView and BT Vision

Marcus Parnwell, executive product manager for BBC iPlayer on TV, took to the Beeb’s archaically-named Internet Blog to reveal more about the Xbox One app: “We have completed four releases to this product since we launched out of preview in May – this has included a number of fixes and improvements to performance of the product on all devices.

“Some of you will have noticed better video playback performance, clearer labeling and a number of other minor improvements that we have made in response to both audience feedback and usage data.”

The Xbox One version of the iPlayer has reportedly been delayed in the past because the console’s Kinect motion sensor was getting in the way of development.

Parnwell explained that some of the most popular TV platforms won’t be left out when the BBC launches its Xbox One app.

“We are working with YouView, Virgin Media and BT to bring new BBC iPlayer to these platforms. Whilst I cannot announce dates, we are targeting this year for these platforms. Similarly, other devices on our legacy version of BBC iPlayer will be migrated to the new version this year as well.”

The news comes shortly after the BBC announced it would be phasing out its Bigscreen version because it is too expensive to run on a different platform to modern iPlayer apps.

The company did, however, announce support for the iPlayer on a variety of new smart TVs, set top boxes and Blu-Ray players.


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