The long-planned addition of iPlayer to the Xbox Live service has been delayed, it has been revealed.
As it stands, Microsoft is stubbornly refusing to allow the iPlayer to be available to anyone other than Xbox Live Gold subscribers. With the BBC traditionally offering a universally free service as part of UK residents licence fees, the Beeb finds such restrictions unacceptable.
"[Microsoft] wants to ensure that only those paying for Xbox Live Gold accounts can access its additional content services ... This does not fit with the BBC'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," said a BBC source.
The iPlayer is already available free of charge for PS3 and Wii owners, and so the news represents another arrow in the quiver of Microsoft's detractors.