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BBC's June iPlayer requests echo PC market decline

People are switching to mobile devices for TV viewing
Thu Jul 25 2013, 11:45
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THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC) has released its monthly iPlayer statistics for June, which reveal that requests from PC devices are falling.

The BBC that during the month of June it saw a record number of requests from smartphones and tablets with mobile devices making up 32 percent of all requests, while those from PC devices were down. In May PCs accounted for half of all BBC iPlayer requests, but that slipped to 44 percent during the month of June, a record low. This seems to reflect the continuing decline of the PC market, with users opting to use mobile devices instead.

The BBC's June statistics don't just reflect the PC market decline, as the firm also revealed that the total number of iPlayer requests were up 45 percent year on year to 239 million. Daily requests were also up to an average of 7.4 million, with weekly requests remaining steady at 52 million, despite the BBC claiming that the figure was affected by the "annual summer lull".

It looks like the BBC has wrinkly-faced businessman Alan Sugar to thank for that, with The Apprentice coming in as the most iPlayer requested show during the month. Episode six raked in 1,704,000 catch-up requests, while episodes four and five saw 1,600,000 and 1,633,000 requests, respectively.

Somehow The Voice was the second most popular show during the month of June, closely followed by The White Queen, Waterloo Road and The Call Centre.

Some other interesting statistics that the BBC's latest iPlayer numbers revealed are that peak viewing time is around 10.30pm, slightly later than the peak last month, no doubt as Brits struggle to cope with the weather. The BBC also revealed that 51 percent of iPlayer users are male, with the average user being around 40 years old. µ


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