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 […]

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 […]

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