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UFC signs ‘groundbreaking’ deal with TikTok

Leading MMA organisation UFC has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ multi-year partnership with short-form video app TikTok. The deal will see UFC produce live content on what is claimed to be the world’s fastest-growing social media platform. This includes new weekly shows on TikTok that will be programmed around upcoming UFC live events. The UFC has promised […]

The Serpent and A Perfect Planet lead to record-breaking year start for BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer has followed up a record 2020 with a surge in viewing at the beginning of 2021. The broadcaster said that the first full week of the year from January 4-10 broke all records held by the catch-up service, with viewers streaming 162 million shows, with top titles including The Serpent, A Perfect […]

BBC iPlayer sees record breaking holiday fortnight

UK public broadcaster the BBC’s BBC iPlayer video-on-demand service broke viewing records over the holiday period, seeing 245 million streams over between December 21 and January 3, up by 16% on the same two weeks last year.  New Year’s Day was the biggest day for iPlayer, with 21.2 million streams, the most popular New Year […]

BBC unveils ‘radical’ restructure as channel controller roles axed

The UK’s BBC has unveiled a wholesale restructuring of its senior commissioning team as part of a “radical change” to focus its efforts on streaming service iPlayer. The widely expected revamp includes the scrapping of the channel controller roles for BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Four editor post. They will be replaced by ‘director’ […]

BBC iPlayer views up 33% in 2020 as ‘Normal People’ hits 62 million views

The BBC’s streamer iPlayer has revealed that total viewing over the past 12 months is up by a third on the same period last year, with Element Pictures’ adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People attracting more than 60 million views. The 12 x 30-minute show, which was adapted by Rooney alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, […]

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 […]

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