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BBC iPlayer bucks seasonal trend with increased requests

s4c iplayerThe BBC’s iPlayer saw a 2% month-on-month increase in iPlayer requests in May, bucking what it said was the usual seasonal trend of lower usage in spring and summer.

The catch-up service recorded 276 million requests in May, TV requests were up 10% year-on-year to 122 million – an additional 20 million requests compared to May 2014.

Tablets and mobile devices accounted for 46% of all requests in May, with TV platform operators accounting for 12%, and TV devices as a whole accounting for 19%, up due the recategorisation of some TV devices. For TV requests, TV platforms and devices accounted for 23% of requests, with tablets and smartphones accounting for 44% and computers for 26%.

Peter Kay’s Car Share accounted for four of the top five requested programmes in May.