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BBC iPlayer stats led by Luther in January

Detective drama Luther was the best-performing programme on the BBC iPlayer in January, in a month dominated by drama content. According to BBC stats, the top twenty iPlayer programmes of the month were all dramas with Luther taking the top four spots for episodes one to four of its season five run, which notched up […]

BBC reveals top iPlayer shows of 2018

British dramas Bodyguard, Killing Eve and McMafia were the top programmes requested on BBC iPlayer in 2018, according to official BBC stats. The broadcaster said that the first episode of Bodyguard was its online streaming service’s biggest ever programme, with 10.8 million requests across the year. All six episodes of the drama appear in iPlayer’s top ten programmes of the year, with […]

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 […]

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