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As a new version of iPlayer rolls out to devices, the BBC has confirmed that the Xbox One will be updated this year.

The new version of the iPlayer streaming catch-up service has been rolling out since March and although the BBC has announced new devices which will get it, the big news is that Microsoft's Xbox One will get it by the end of 2014. See also: BBC Three to be pulled but live on as online channel on iPlayer.

"I am happy to announce that we're aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year," said Marcus Parnwell, executive product manager, at the BBC.

Parnwell also confirmed that the BBC is working with BT, Virgin Media and YouView to get the new iPlayer on Tivo and YouView boxes.

"Whilst I cannot announce dates, we are targeting this year for these platforms. Similarly, other devices on our legacy version of BBC iPlayer will be migrated to the new version this year as well," he said.

The BBC recently suffered a long outage which affected iPlayer and announced that the service got three billion programme requests in 2013. Read: Why the BBC iPlayer outage was caused by a DDoS attack: Topsy and Tim isn't *that* popular.

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With BBC iPlayer available on 1,200 devices it's a big task to update them all to the new version of iPlayer. Nevertherless, over the next week, devices including TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes will get it.

Brands include Bush, Samsung, Sony, LG, Philips, Tesco-Technika, Panasonic, Western Digital and Toshiba. The full list can be found here.

It's worth noting that if you have a device which uses the 'bigscreen' version of iPlayer (above), you will soon no longer be able to use it. As of next month, this version will be retired and therefore inaccessible. It was launched five years ago and is only used by 0.1 percent of users.

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