Record quarter for BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand catch-up service BBC iPlayer has had a record start to the year. The broadcaster said that the service has seen its best quarter on record with over 1.7 billion streams between January-March. This is an increase of 22% year-over-year, with January alone being the platform’s most successful month ever (652 million streams). […]

BBC updates iPlayer with redesigned interface and improved subtitles

The BBC has updated the iPlayer for TV with a new look for its playback, including a redesigned interface and improved subtitle options. In a blog post, iPlayer product manager Andrew White said that the redesign provides users with a “cleaner, sleeker and more pared-back interface.” The most visible difference is a new playback bar […]

iPlayer charts record H1 with Normal People most watched series

The BBC iPlayer has continued to demonstrate its value to the pubcaster, with the on demand service recording its best-ever H1 in 2020. The service saw a renewed emphasis from the BBC amid the UK’s months-long lockdown with an increased amount of archival content, a feature that allows viewers from multiple households to watch together, […]

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 children’s iPlayer experience

The BBC has launched a children’s version of its iPlayer. Housed within the iPlayer app, the service promises to “bring together the best from CBBC and CBeebies, and other suitable BBC programming, all in one place.” The new children’s iPlayer doesn’t offer any new content, but rather curates the broadcaster’s kids shows – such as […]

New Year’s Day becomes busiest iPlayer day ever

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the BBC iPlayer since its launch in 2007, the broadcaster has revealed. In total, the service saw 17.9 million requests, surpassing the same day in 2019 by more than a third. The BBC said that Dracula and Doctor Who were the most popular titles to be streamed […]

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 […]

Virgin Media beats rivals to air Wimbledon tennis in 4K UHD and HDR

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is to air the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD and HDR for the first time. Virgin Media subscribers equipped with a Virgin TV V6 set-top box will be able to view 4K HDR coverage of the competition from July 1 via the BBC iPlayer app on the box. While BBC […]

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