RTE Digital announced yesterday that they have gone into partnership with Microsoft to allow users of Xbox Live Gold service access to RTE player. This is great to finally see as it has been out on the PS3 for some time, hopefully we may now see an official Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app release.
Unfortunately Microsoft will require users as noted about to pay to use what is a free service elsewhere, just like they do with Facebook and Twitter and Netflix. Please Microsoft, stop charging for services like this, you make people pay twice for Netflix for example.
“Making RTÉ Player available on Xbox 360 extends the value of RTÉ’s content, as well as potentially reaching and serving new audiences,” said Muirne Laffan, Managing Director of RTÉ Digital, “Not only does it give audiences more choice on how they watch and listen to great RTÉ content, but it also brings RTÉ Player to a whole new experiential level using Kinect for Xbox 360; which will allow users to navigate the app using their gestures and voice. This partnership with Xbox means that RTÉ Player is now available on seven platforms, offering audiences more choice and flexibility than ever before.”
Shirley Finnerty, Xbox Category Lead for Microsoft said:
“We’re seeing usage of entertainment apps on Xbox Live increase significantly and in 2012 the amount of TV and entertainment offerings on Xbox 360 almost tripled worldwide. Xbox has seen amazing success in Ireland over the past few years and we’re delighted to welcome RTÉ to Xbox Live and give users access to country’s most popular video-on-demand service.”