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Lockdown drives BBC iPlayer to new highs, helped by ‘Killing Eve’

The UK’s BBC has revealed that Sunday, May 10 was the busiest day ever for its in demand service iPlayer. 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 […]

BBC scores record-breaking year for iPlayer with over 4 billion streams

The BBC on the UK has revealed another record-breaking feat for its iPlayer catch-up service, with the streamer ending 2019 with an “all-time record high” of 4.4 billion requests. December was the service’s best month ever, achieving 447 million requests in total. The debut episode of gangster drama Peaky Blinders’ fifth season was the most […]

BBC reveals New Year’s Day was busiest day ever for streamer iPlayer

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the BBC iPlayer since its launch in 2007, the broadcaster has revealed. In total, the service saw 17.9 million requests, surpassing the same day in 2019 by more than a third. The BBC said that Dracula and Doctor Who were the most popular titles to be streamed […]

BBC’s iPlayer heads to Sky as part of content, tech deal

The BBC in the UK has struck a deal that covers content and technology with domestic competitor Sky, with the public broadcaster’s on demand service iPlayer becoming available via the pay TV platform as a result. The main feature of the deal is the availability of the BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service on […]

BBC’s content chief talks up iPlayer plans, benefits of extended rights window

BBC content chief Charlotte Moore has outlined how on-demand service iPlayer will become central to the UK public broadcaster’s approach to commissioning shows and argued its extended 12-month rights window will benefit producers. “We are transforming our offer to audiences. And this will mean a big change in the way we commission shows,” Moore told […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

Ofcom approves BBC’s proposed 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

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 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 […]

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