Channel 4 streaming exec Samanidis to head BBC iPlayer

The BBC has hired Channel 4 exec Kerensa Samanidis as general manager for BBC iPlayer. Samanidis will take up her post on June 19, reporting to Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and channels. She will be responsible for the delivery of the BBC iPlayer growth strategy and management of the overall iPlayer operation. The […]

BBC iPlayer passed seven-billion streams milestone in 2022

UK pubcaster the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand service passed the milestone of seven billion streams in a year for the first time in 2022, boosted by the FIFA World Cup from Qatar. BBC iPlayer also recorded its best quarter and best month ever during the year. BBC iPlayer streams for 2022 were 9% up on 2021. The […]

BBC iPlayer enjoys record-breaking start to the New Year

The BBC says viewers and listeners “flocked to BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds in record numbers over the festive period”. EastEnders, Call the Midwife, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, The Traitors and Sam Ryder Rocks New Year’s Eve topped the list of most watched programmes on the iPlayer platform. Looking across […]

BBC iPlayer on course for ‘best year ever’

The BBC says that its iPlayer on-demand service is “well on track for its best year ever”. Fuelled by major events such as the Queen’s state funeral, the Commonwealth Games and the final of Women’s Euro 2022, the platform has reported 1.65 billion programme streams (up 7%) for the third quarter of the year (July […]

BBC iPlayer records strongest Q2 ever

Drama series including Peaky Blinders, The Split, Killing Eve and Sherwood, and live events including Glastonbury, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Eurovision Song Contest helped deliver record numbers of viewers to BBC iPlayer in the second quarter of the year, according to the pubcaster. Programmes were streamed over 1.6 billion times between April and […]

BBC opens public interest test consultation on future of iPlayer

The BBC has opened a public interest test consultation on the future of BBC iPlayer, its popular on-demand and catch-up offering. In the fact of intensified competition and a changing media landscape, the pubcaster is seeking the freedom to improve and increase the availability of programmes on BBC iPlayer by gaining authorisation to publish any […]

Record-breaking festive period for BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer experienced a record-breaking festive period, the broadcaster has announced. The catch-up service streamed 141 million programmes during New Year week (27th December-3rd January), up 6% year-over-year. This was followed by a solid start to 2022, with programmes streamed a massive 143 million times on iPlayer during the first week of the year. […]

BBC revamps look and feel of iPlayer on TV

The BBC has revamped the look and feel of the TV version of its iPlayer on-demand platform. From today, users will find that the navigation menu of the service has moved to the left hand side of the screen – which the BBC says will make it easier to browse different categories like comedy, drama […]

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 […]

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