Xbox One gets BBC iPlayer app

Good news Xbox One owners! You can now catch up on Doctor Who, Intruders, The Apprentice and all of the latest BBC shows following the launch of a dedicated iPlayer app for the console.

The BBC iPlayer app is available now as a free download for Xbox fans and does not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to use. All of the shows on the service will be presented in high-definition.

There are no major changes to the app for Xbox One but users with the Kinect sensor can navigate the interface using voice control. Voice control works in the same way as it does for the Xbox 360 version of the iPlayer app, but users can now also use the Kinect to start individual programmes by saying the title and browsing different categories by name.]

According to BBC iPlayer technical product manager, Peter Lasko, the app will provide a "similar experience as other TVs, YouView, TV streamers (like Now TV) and on Blu-ray players."

The app uses HTML 5, which allows the broadcaster to make changes and release minor updates in the future. It also helps to unify the service across different platforms and devices.

The BBC is now planning to update the Xbox 360 app in the New Year. The new update is set to add new channels from Radio 1 and Welsh broadcaster S4C, and will extend the availability of content for up to 30 days.

Read more TV, broadband and mobile news

Suggested Pages

  • Sports and broadband

  • How to watch TV on games consoles

  • Can I get BT Sport on Sky?

  • Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video vs Now Broadband: Which is best?

  • Sky Cinema vs Now TV: Which should I get?

  • What is Freesat & is it worth it?

  • Virgin Media goes Full Circle with new exclusive box set

  • Taboo and Apple Tree Yard will be the first iPlayer box sets

  • Blind Date is coming back to TV

  • Sky Sports to air live women’s cricket for the first time

  • Simon Amstell to direct feature film for iPlayer

  • Sky Sports livestreams Deadline Day on Twitter