You might be waiting a while for the bbc iplayer on the Xbox 360 as talks between Microsoft and the BBC have come to a bit of a stand still.Â
According to sources close to the BBCâ€™s Future Media and Technology department, a deal between the two parties has still been unable to be reached because Microsoftâ€™s strategy of charging for all content on its Xbox Live platform is incompatible with the BBCâ€™s public service remit.
â€œMicrosoft only wants to offer its users access to platforms it can charge for as this is the model it is pursuing. It wants to ensure that only those paying for Xbox Live Gold accounts can access its additional content services and even then there is usually a charge on top to get access to those. For example, to access the Sky Player on Xbox, you have to pay for a Gold subscription as well as a Sky subscription,â€ explained one of the sources close to the BBC.
â€œThis does not fit with the BBCâ€™s model and Microsoft will not budge at the moment. It is really frustrating for those involved on the BBC side who want to make sure iPlayer is rolled out on as many popular entertainment platforms as possible,â€ they added.
Personally if they start charging then people may go for the PS3 or Nintendo wii which offer the service for free.