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Tablet users overtake PC users in BBC iPlayer viewing

Boxing day was a good day for pads and programmes
Wed Jan 08 2014, 08:40
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UK BROADCASTER the BBC has announced that for the first time ever last year more people viewed its iPlayer content on tablet computers than on PCs.

This shattering event occurred on Boxing Day, a day when we are supposed to be eating cold turkey, not going cold turkey on watching television, so it is fitting perhaps that people used highly portable devices on that special day.

A chart provided by the BBC shows lines for PC and tablet usage swimming very close to each other, before the tablet line pokes ahead slightly.

All in all, the holiday period was good for the Beeb, and people enjoyed things like a new Sherlock Holmes series and a Dr Who special.

"We started the festive season with an early Christmas treat for viewers and fans in the lead-up to the much-anticipated third series of Sherlock. Many Happy Returns has since been viewed over 1.5 million times on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button with millions more watching on Youtube," burbled Dan Taylor, the head of BBC iPlayer.

"With new gadgets being at the top of many Christmas wish lists, we see a lot of new devices accessing BBC iPlayer over the holiday period. 2013 truly proved to be the year of the tablet and after they were all unwrapped, Boxing Day saw tablet viewing overtake computer viewing for the first time in iPlayer history."

This is not a complete picture though, and the graph does not include views from Virgin Media and Sky. That data will follow, said Taylor.

The biggest viewing day of the holiday season was the traditional hangover day, New Year's Day. Then the BBC saw over 11 million requests for shows, and again, this does not include numbers from Sky and Virgin Media. µ


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