BBC iPlayer lands on Xbox One, offers S4C content
| 05 December 2014
Just in time for the Christmas buying spree, the BBC has made a major platform expansion of its iPlayer catch-up and live online streaming service as well as making available Welsh-language content.
iPLayer S4CAiming to tap into a trend that has seen a quarter of requests come from connected TV sets, the iPlayer will now be available from Microsoft Xbox One gaming consoles. "TV is undoubtedly king at Christmas – and the arrival of BBC iPlayer on Xbox One gives viewers even more choice on how they watch," commented head of BBC iPlayer Dan Taylor-Watt. "30-day downloads arrives just in time for those unwrapping new devices, perfect for catching up on the bumper Christmas schedule."
Welsh-speaking Xbox One users will, like those using other platforms, now for the first time be able to see programmes from independent channel S4C appear as a full channel.
Part-funded by the BBC Licence Fee, through the BBC Trust, contributing £76 million to its annual revenue, S4C will be the only independent channel available on the iPlayer and joins other Welsh-language output created by BBC Cymru such as Pobol y Cwm. It will be available for 30 days to stream, with downloads coming soon.
"It's fantastic to welcome S4C to BBC iPlayer. This important development makes a wealth of Welsh language output available in one place for the very first time making it even easier for audiences to find the programmes they love," commented Rhodri Talfan Davies, BBC Cymru Wales director. "It's also a very tangible example of how the creative partnership that exists between the two broadcasters is making a real difference."
Added S4C chief executive Ian Jones: "It has been great to have worked together in partnership with the BBC to ensure that S4C content is now available on BBC iPlayer. This is integral to S4C's strategy set out at the beginning of 2012 of ensuring that S4C's content is available anytime, anyplace, anywhere."