BBC is planning to cease support for iPlayer on Xbox 360 consoles in the coming months – here’s what you need to know.

Xbox WARNING: Microsoft's BBC iPlayer support on 360 consoles ending soon

Xbox WARNING: Microsoft’s BBC iPlayer support on 360 consoles ending soon (Pic: MICROSOFT)

The Xbox 360 is due to cease support of the iPlayer soon.

Xbox One and PS4 users will still be able to use the service, but as of March 27, 2019, the BBC will shutter iPlayer on the 14-year-old Xbox 360.

Interestingly enough, the iPlayer will stop working on the legacy console exactly seven years after it first launched on the platform. This isn’t the only console the app has been removed from in past weeks: we saw the Wii U lose iPlayer support in January, too.

It’s a shame to see it go – there was a period ‘back in the day’ where Microsoft and the Beeb had a big fight about allowing the app on the Xbox thanks to Microsoft hiding online apps behind the Xbox Gold paywall. At least that’s all resolved on the Xbox One, now. 

If you were still watching iPlayer on the console, don’t worry: the service is available on pretty much all other modern consoles, via smart TVs, on any web browser and on your phone or tablet.

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If you’ve been living without a TV (or the internet) for the past decade or so, BBC iPlayer is an internet streaming, catchup, television and radio service from the BBC.

The service is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, and smart televisions. iPlayer services delivered to UK based viewers feature no commercial advertising, as per Wikipedia.

As far as we’re aware, there are no plans to scrap iPlayer on PS4, Xbox One any time soon.

Similarly, there are no apparent plans to bring it to Nintendo Switch either.



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