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iPlayer sees record month in May with 570 million requests

The BBC iPlayer has continued to flourish during the coronavirus pandemic as Brits continue to be stuck inside, with the broadcaster announcing that May has become the service’s biggest ever month. In total, there were 570 million requests to stream programmes on iPlayer in May, up from 564 million programme requests in April – the […]

May 10 biggest day ever for BBC iPlayer

Sunday May 10 proved to be the busiest day ever for the BBC’s iPlayer catch up service. In total, the streamer received 22.5 million requests to stream or download programmes with spy thriller Killing Eve and the BBC/Hulu coproduction Normal People proving to be the most popular shows while prime minister Boris Johnson’s national address […]

BBC launches FA Cup pop-up channel on iPlayer

The BBC has announced that it will livestream an additional two games from the coming round of the FA Cup on its iPlayer service through a pop-up channel. While Chelsea v Liverpool and Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City will be broadcast on BBC One on March 3 and March 4 respectively, the broadcaster will stream […]

BBC sees record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams

BBC has announced another record-breaking feat for its iPlayer catch-up service, with the streamer ending 2019 with an “all-time record high” of 4.4 billion requests. December in particular was the service’s best month of all time and achieved 447 million requests in total. The debut episode of gangster drama Peaky Blinders’ fifth series was the […]

Gavin and Stacey becomes most viewed Christmas Day broadcast of 2010s

The BBC’s revival of Gavin and Stacey proved to be the UK’s most popular Christmas Day TV show of the decade.  In total, 11.6 million people tuned in to see the iconic sitcom return to screens following its cliffhanger ending in 2010. According to the broadcaster, the show captured 49.2% of all TV viewers when […]

Killing Eve tops 2019 BBC iPlayer list

The BBC has revealed the iPlayer’s most streamed shows of 2019. Topping the list by some margin is the latest season of the Phoebe Waller Bridge-created Killing Eve which generated 40.4 million requests. The show’s first season also appeared in fifth with 22.3 million requests, while Waller Bridge’s standout drama comedy series Fleabag also made […]

Ofcom: BBC sustainability at risk as ‘lost generation’ switches off

The BBC risks a “lost generation” of younger viewers as its reach among 16-24 drops below 50% for the first time, according to Ofcom’s latest annual report on the public broadcaster. The regulator said that the pubcaster will face a threat to its future sustainability if it cannot engage young people sufficiently. Ofcom’s study of […]

iPlayer extension is good news for producers, says BBC content chief

UK regulator Ofcom’s decision to allow the BBC to extend the window in which content is available on the iPlayer service to 12 months means that the on-demand offering will be at the centre of the pubcaster’s approach to commissioning content for what director of content Charlotte Moore described as a “total TV vision”. “We […]

BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

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