It’s been a long time coming but now Xbox 360 users can finally watch episodes of Doctor Who via their Xbox Live entertainment hub for free using the fantastically familiar interface of the BBC iPlayer, reports The Gadget Monkey.
For a long time the service – which is currently housed in over 450 platforms including the PS3 and the Wii – was denied to Xbox users as Microsoft had initially wanted the streaming service to be a part of its Gold subscription package – something that would work counter to the way the BBC is funded which embargos the existence of content behind a paywall.
Thankfully, that issue has now been resolved with the service available to all Xbox Live users regardless of their subscription package.
The short term benefits will obviously be the ability to watch Doctor Who for free via your console but the bigger question is: Will Microsoft allow other companies such as 4OD to offer content to non-Gold subscribers?
In terms of the specifications not only will the Xbox incarnation use the familiar Metro user interface but it will also be fully Kinect-enabled – using a system of hand gestures and voice commands to guide your way through the menus in a way not too dissimilar to anyone who has used Kinect for Netflix or Vuze.
Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager, Programmes & On-Demand is understandably excited for the future:
“We believe its early days for these experiences, but see a great future working with partners such as Microsoft on innovations like these.”
While actually being able to see VOD is one thing surely the next step is an Xbox Doctor Who game – after all the PS3 is getting The Eternity Clock – wouldn’t it be amazing to have a Kinect version of something like immersive experience of The Crash of the Elysium?