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BBC iPlayer sees growing demand with almost 200 million views in October

Few hate the player
Mon Dec 02 2013, 15:31
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TELLY AND RADIO on-demand service BBC iPlayer continues to win the eyes and ears of the British watching and listening public.

The iPlayer is a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) catch-up service and is the place to go if you forgot that Dr Who was on and watched The X Factor by mistake.

It has steadily increased in popularity and relatively recently it created a standalone version for radio listeners.

In its latest report (PDF) the BBC said the month of October enjoyed a 23 percent increase in TV requests, taking the total to 199 million. This, it added, is the third highest figure it's ever recorded.

Mobile requests from tablet and smartphone users are up, and now count for 37 percent of requests on BBC servers. By comparison computer users make 39 percent of requests for things like Top Gear, Bargain Hunt and Claimed and Shamed.

Punters pressed the iPlayer for 7.8 million shows daily. Things were busiest in the first and last weeks of the month.

There are all sorts of statistics and figures in the PDF, which is usually how these things are, and we learn for example that most iPlayer users are under 55. The BBC said that this is in line with the kind of people that would be expected to use the internet anyway.

The most popular show was the comedy Bad Education, next was the Great British Bake Off. In case you've missed it, this is an hour long programme in which people bake things competitively, while a badger coloured man glowers at them.

Football matches are the most popular events on the BBC Radio iPlayer, and the most popular of these in October was Manchester United vs Stoke. µ


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