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BBC launches public consultation on ‘reinvention’ of iPlayer

The BBC has launched a public consultation on plans to “reinvent” the BBC iPlayer service, including making content available for at least 12 months after it is first shown as well as extending the availability of box-sets on the service. The move is the first step in the Public Interest Test ordered by regulator Ofcom […]

BBC reveals top-performing iPlayer shows of the year

BBC drama, Bodyguard, is the most-viewed show of the year so far on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, according to company stats. Episode one of Bodyguard become most popular episode ever on BBC iPlayer, topping the 2018 list with 10.5 million total requests to date. Each subsequent episode of the six-part series also featured in […]

Ofcom hems in BBC iPlayer box-sets ahead of Public Interest Test

UK regulator Ofcom has presented a final set of interim directions to the BBC that will curtail its plans to offer extended runs of box-sets on the BBC iPlayer service. The instructions come ahead of the UK public broadcaster carrying out the Public Interest Test that Ofcom imposed in November. Among other decisions, Ofcom has […]

BBC iPlayer records ‘strongest month to date’

The BBC iPlayer on-demand service recorded its strongest month to date in October, boosted by the popularity of hit series Killing Eve, Doctor Who and The Cry. BBC iPlayer recorded 334 million requests in October, up 18% year-on-year, with a new record for average daily requests of 10.8 million. Based on number of requests, October […]

BBC iPlayer box-set plan hits regulatory hurdle

The BBC’s plans to extend the availability of box-sets on its iPlayer on-demand service, and other planned changes to iPlayer are “material” and require the BBC Board to undertake a public interest test, according to UK media regulator Ofcom, in a ruling that contradicted the pubcaster’s board’s own assessment of the impact of the proposed […]

TV Licensing claims to have caught 26,000 student fee dodgers

More than 26,000 people aged between 18 and 25 were caught watching live TV or BBC iPlayer without a TV licence in the past year, according to new figures released by TV Licensing. In a message targeted at undergraduate students, the licensing body warned that people caught watching live TV or BBC programmes on iPlayer, […]

BBC adds ‘last chance’ notifications to iPlayer

The BBC has introduced ‘last chance’ mobile notifications for its iPlayer catch-up service, notifying users when they only have a few days left to watch downloaded content. The BBC lets iPlayer users download content to watch on the move, but that content is only accessible for the same amount of time that it is hosted […]

BBC iPlayer sees live boost from World Cup

The BBC saw usage of its BBC iPlayer service grow by 19% year-on-year in July, with World Cup football and Wimbledon boosting usage of the service and leading to live viewing making up 22% of all iPlayer requests for the month. The latest statistics released by the BBC about iPlayer showed that iPlayer requests reached […]

BBC breaks online records with royal wedding

The BBC reported record-breaking online stats on Saturday thanks to high audience figures for the royal wedding and FA Cup final. The BBC said that Saturday was “the biggest ever day for BBC Online” with audiences consuming 11.9 petabytes (11.9 million gigabytes) of data, peaking at 2.8 terabits per second when people got their first […]

Netflix ‘accessed by 17% of UK mobile internet users’

Roughly 17% of mobile internet users in the UK, some 5.8 million adults, accessed the Netflix app on either a smartphone or tablet in March, according to UKOM-approved comScore data. According to the stats, which are based on UK mobile app data, the number of mobile Netflix users was “significantly higher” than the unique visitors […]

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