According to the Beeb’s Erik Huggers it’s because Sony and Microsoft wanted to “control” the iPlayer.

He said: “If you want to get on the PlayStation or Xbox, they want control of the look, the feel and the experience; they want it done within their shop, and their shop only.”

Now what does that mean? Bearing in mind I only have one side of the story – I’ve asked Microsoft and Sony to respond to this – it would seem that Microsoft and Sony were placing too many demands on the corporation.

The streaming iPlayer is essentially a web service – it runs on Flash, near enough the world’s most ubiquitous software development and so means any connected device that supports the right standard of Flash can play BBC content.

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