BBC iPlayer

Record Q3 for BBC iPlayer

The BBC has recorded its best Q3 on record for its VOD service BBC iPlayer. In the period from July to September 2021, viewers streamed programmes 1.5 billion times. This was up 20% on the same period in 2020 and up 49% on the same period in 2019. Somewhat surprisingly, the BBC’s coverage of the […]

Record-breaking H1 for BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s iPlayer catchup service has broken viewership records in the first half of 2021. The broadcaster announced that programmes were streamed over 3.3 billion times between January and June this year, up 8% on the same period last year, and up 59% on the same period in 2019. The most-watched episode was the return […]

ScreenHits TV adds iPlayer to discovery offering

Streaming aggregation platform ScreenHits TV customers in the UK can now add BBC iPlayer to their ScreenHits TV personalised discovery offering. On demand programmes and live channels from the BBC will appear in the ScreenHits TV interface, and selecting one of the BBC’s programmes will take viewers through to watch on BBC iPlayer. ScreenHits TV allows subscribers to integrate […]

England Euro win sets new iPlayer record for BBC

England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia has set a new record for the BBC iPlayer. The match, which kicked off at 2pm on June 13, saw England win their opening match at the European championship for the first time. The match was broadcast by the BBC, which said that it attracted a peak TV audience […]

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 […]