Kinect to blame for delay to BBC iPlayer for Xbox One, insider claims

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Xbox One owners in the UK were disappointed to hear late last year that the BBC iPlayer app would not be ready for the console's launch, with no indication given as to when it might finally arrive. While an iPlayer app has been available for the Xbox 360 for almost two years, British owners of the next-generation console have been left without their fix of Beeb goodness.

While there is still no official word on when the app will finally launch for the Xbox One, a report on Ultimate Gaming Paradise does at least claim to shed some light on the nature of the delay.

The site claims to have been contacted by an insider – described as “a programmer on the BBC’s development team” – who told them of a “serious flaw” in the app, specifically with regards to its Kinect integration. According to the report, “testing indicated that slight movements, from picking up a cup of coffee to scratching your nose, interrupted entertainment playback”.

The unnamed individual reportedly refused to divulge any further technical details regarding the issue, but claimed that chunks of the app have had to be rewritten in an effort to resolve it. The same person also alleges that Microsoft hasn’t exactly bent over backwards in providing assistance to sort out the problems, especially in comparison with the support that Sony provided to the BBC. In the source’s words, when developing the iPlayer apps, “Sony would send the [PS4] team any and all assistance. However, Microsoft was slow in each and every request for data or help.”

According to the insider, the Xbox One app will not launch “until the second quarter of 2014 at the earliest”. Given that the BBC first signalled the absence of the app from the console's launch line-up in November, that would certainly represent a significant wait – although it wouldn’t be the first time the Beeb has kept Xbox owners waiting.

In January 2013, the BBC told Neowin that it planned to introduce ‘Live Restart’ into its Xbox 360 app – a feature that allows users to restart or rewind live streams of its TV channels by up to two hours. A spokesperson said that the Corporation was aiming to launch that feature for the 360 “in the future”, but a year later, neither live TV streams nor the Live Restart feature have yet made it to the app.

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Pummpy1Posted:

-Jacob
Dominating Well the kinect sucks for voice commands.


Yeah apparently on Fifa if you swear, your players can receive cards!


That is true, unfortunately.
And I don't care about Kinect for iPlayer.
I'd prefer it out now and later add an update that does it.
Shouldn't have to turn my PC on and off at night when I want to watch something

AftermarketPosted:

Dominating Well the kinect sucks for voice commands.


Yeah apparently on Fifa if you swear, your players can receive cards!

KatsumiPosted:

Australians
Looped
Gubbins Wow, sorry UK owners. That is ridiculous, just by picking up a cup of coffee the kinect goes crazy lol.


Kinect is so bad. Even on fifa you can get players red carded from swearing ahahaha


My god, are you serious? It's football, what do they expect?...


That is an actual thing. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me, after paying money for a game i expect to be able to swear when in a party with my friends

xSTaTiCBLuExPosted:

-CP Anyone who says "Kinect sucks anyway", "Kinect has no problems", or anything else along those lines has not read the article and needs their comment removed for spam.
OT: BBC is not needed, many more apps are available that are far better.


Are you stupid? If the Kinetic renders apps unusable because it stops playback if "a cup is picked uP" then yes there is something seriously wrong. And no, there is no other app that shows BBC programs so there aren't "many more apps" that are " far better" you silly spack.

xSTaTiCBLuExPosted:

Stupid Kinect...no one wants it, when will they **** understand >.< Just increases the prive for a novelty that is pointless.

AustraliansPosted:

Looped
Gubbins Wow, sorry UK owners. That is ridiculous, just by picking up a cup of coffee the kinect goes crazy lol.


Kinect is so bad. Even on fifa you can get players red carded from swearing ahahaha


My god, are you serious? It's football, what do they expect?...

VPNPosted:

Folk
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Gubbins Wow, sorry UK owners. That is ridiculous, just by picking up a cup of coffee the kinect goes crazy lol.


Kinect is so bad. Even on fifa you can get players red carded from swearing ahahaha


Yea I know kids do this to me all the time.


I know, its really hard not to swear.

ValorPosted:

but it is cool they have this i guess

ValorPosted:

Kinect is awful, I can't believe it ever got on the market.

CDKPosted:

Looped
Gubbins Wow, sorry UK owners. That is ridiculous, just by picking up a cup of coffee the kinect goes crazy lol.


Kinect is so bad. Even on fifa you can get players red carded from swearing ahahaha


Yea I know kids do this to me all the time.


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