Connected devices help iPlayer to record year

The BBC’s iPlayer platform received a record 1.94 billion requests for TV programmes last year, with the number of requests for connected TVs increasing significantly. Computers remain the most popular viewing platform, accounting for two-thirds of requests during the year. In December, seven million programmes were requested on connected devices, including internet connected TVs, games […]

BBC launches iPlayer app for iPhone, adds 3G streaming

The BBC has introduced an iPlayer app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and introduced 3G streaming across all mobile networks. The app is available to download in the Apple App Store and is compatible with iPod touch or iPhone 3GS and above, running iOS4.3 and above. The app is also compatible with Apple AirPlay, […]

BBC plans to air Strictly Come Dancing in 3D, also on iPlayer

The BBC is to air the final to Strictly Come Dancing in 3D. The UK public broadcaster, which last year aired a studio-based special of the dance competition show in 3D for the annual Children in Need day, will use outside broadcast facilities to air the final from Blackpool in the format in the run-up […]

iPlayer launches in Canada

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of British public broadcaster the BBC, has launched its online streaming service iPlayer in Canada. This marks the 16th international launch of the service, which has also launched in countries including Australia and across Scandinavia. The service will initially be available as a subscription service on the Apple iPad as […]

iPlayer usage continues to grow

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, received 113 million video requests in September. That figure is up from 86 million for the same period last year. The BBC is seeing iPlayer usage from devices other than computers continuing to rise, with tablet requests increasing to 4.6 million in September from four million during the previous […]

iPlayer rolls out in Scandinavia

iPlayer, the BBC’s online TV platform, has launched in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is launching an iPad app for the global version of iPlayer. The service is also available in 11 other European markets and launched in Australia last month. Once iPad owners in Finland, […]

iPlayer debuts down under

The BBC’s online TV platform iPlayer has launched in Australia on iPads. An iPlayer app is available to download from the iTunes store giving users access to over 1,000 hours of BBC content. A monthly subscription fee of AU$9.49 (€6.85) or AU$89.99 for a year will provide unlimited access to programmes segregated by genre, including […]

BBC appoints global iPlayer MD

Former UKTV boss Matthew Littleford has been promoted to general manager, global BBC iPlayer after joining BBC Worldwide earlier this year. Littleford joined the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster in April 2011 as creative director for the commercial and international video-on-demand service, which launched in 11 western European countries in July and in […]

IPTV boosts iPlayer requests

The BBC’s catch-up platform iPlayer received 30 million more requests for TV programmes last month compared with a year earlier. The total number of TV requests in July reached 117 million, of which 93 million came from online sources and 24 million came from Virgin Media’s cable platform. Mobile devices, tablets and games consoles delivered […]

New iPlayer for connected TVs

The BBC has announced plans to build the presence of iPlayer on TV sets. The public broadcaster has launched a new version of its catch-up platform for TVs, with PlayStation 3 users the first to benefit. The new version of the on-demand catch-up platform offers a simplified and intuitive user interface designed to replicate the […]

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