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BBC iPlayer tablet viewing overtakes PC for first time

Derek du Preez | Jan. 9, 2014
More people viewed the BBC's popular catch-up service, iPlayer, on tablets this Christmas than on PCs for the first time ever.

More people viewed the BBC's popular catch-up service, iPlayer, on tablets this Christmas than on PCs for the first time ever.

According to the latest statistics released by the Beeb, after the 26 December almost three million people were viewing iPlayer on their tablets each day, just slightly ahead of laptops or desktops.

Views on the mobile application lagged behind with most days reaching between one and two million viewers in December.

"With new gadgets being at the top of many Christmas wish lists, we see a lot of new devices accessing BBC iPlayer over the holiday period," Dan Taylor, the head of BBC iPlayer wrote in a blog.

"2013 truly proved to be the year of the tablet and after they were all unwrapped, Boxing Day saw tablet viewing overtake computer viewing for the first time in iPlayer history."

There are now over 1,000 devices capable of accessing the BBC's streaming catch-up service and between 21 December and New Year's Day 914,000 people downloaded the iPlayer mobile and tablet apps.

The festive break also broke the iPlayer's records across all platforms.

"New Year's Day 2014 took the crown as iPlayer's best-ever day so far, with nearly 11 million requests for TV and radio programmes in one day alone (even excluding Sky and Virgin data)," said Taylor.

"New Year's Day 2013 saw 8.1m so this is an impressive +35 percent increase."

However, 2013 wasn't all good news for the BBC after it was heavily criticised by PricewaterhouseCoopers for its £100 million failed Digital Media Initiative, where it claimed that the organisation showed serious weakness in project management and reporting, as well as a crippling lack of focus on business change.

 

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