The BBC, LOVEFiLM, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are all coming to Xbox Live later this year, Microsoft has revealed.

An announcement issued today didn't specifically state whether it'll be in the form of the iPlayer and Channel 4's 4oD service, but it seems likely that's what the platform holder is referring to. We'll update when we know for sure.

Xbox LIVE Gold membership will not be required to use the services.

"Today's announcement is a major step toward realising our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy," commented Microsoft exec Don Mattrick.

"Combining the world's leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless."

The news was part of a larger announcement detailing around 40 new TV and entertainment providers being added to the service in various countries around the globe later this year. Here's the full list:

  • ABC iView - Australia
  • AlloCiné - France, Germany, Spain, UK
  • Antena 3 - Spain
  • Astral Media's Disney XD - Canada
  • BBC - UK
  • blinkbox - UK
  • Bravo - US
  • Canal+ - France, Spain
  • Channel 4 - UK
  • Channel 5 - UK
  • CinemaNow (Best Buy) - US
  • Comcast - US
  • Crackle - Australia, Canada, UK, US
  • Dailymotion - Available in 32 markets
  • EPIX - US
  • GolTV - Spain
  • HBO GO - US
  • Hulu - Japan
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) - US
  • LOVEFiLM - Germany, UK
  • Manga Entertainment - US
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports - Canada
  • MediaSet - Italy
  • MSN with MSNBC.com - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK
  • MUZU.TV - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
  • Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) - Canada
  • RTVE - Spain
  • SBS On Demand - Australia
  • Syfy - US
  • Telefonica - Spain
  • Televisa - Mexico
  • "The Today Show" - US
  • TMZ - US
  • UFC - Canada, US
  • Verizon - US
  • VEVO - Canada, UK, US
  • YouTube - Available in 22 markets
  • ZDF - Germany

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