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BBC iPlayer: November and December 2009's stats

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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 13:47 UK time, Thursday, 14 January 2010

The stats packs for the BBC iPlayer for November and December 2009 are released today. Full of charts, graphs and tables including demographic information and the iPlayer Top 20 programmes there's something for everyone.

The accompanying press release pulls out some of the highlights:

  • BBC iPlayer breaks 100 million requests, with record numbers at the end of 2009
  • New Year's Day was the most popular day for people "iPlayer-ing" over Christmas
  • Terry Wogan's departure and battle for Christmas Number 1 helps BBC iPlayer to achieve record numbers of Radio requests
  • 1.3 million requests for David Tennant's final appearance as Doctor Who
  • One in eight requests for TV programmes now coming from a games console

Paul Murphy is the Editor of the BBC Internet blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    Good to see rapid adoption on the Wii Platform, shows good potential for growth if you were to expand onto the xbox 360 (I've seen the report on why not yet) and other platforms.

  • Comment number 2.

    I'd be so stoked if they brought (downloadable) iPlayer to the Xbox 360. Or at least, I would have been a year ago.

    I watch TV on the TV, on the armchair. Not on the computer, at the keyboard. I had no interest in the iPlayer without it being at my TV. (They're in the same room. Far enough to not connect the comptuer to the TV. Close enough to be aware of the "real" TV when I'm at the desk.)
    And now, after reports of various politics on why it's not happened, I feel I've just moved past any hype that the iPlayer service held for me.

    More importantly, they let Sky beat them to the punch with a heavily crippled service. I've tried the Sky Player, and cancelled my subscription in less than a month. It didn't have any real choice. But it got there first, dropped the ball mightily, and sort of spoiled my opinion of online catchup services at the box.

    The Xbox supports timed expirable downloadable content. It's at the TV. It's a no-brainer.

    And, yes, downloadable is key for me. Set downloading whilst out or overnight. Watch later, secure in the knowledge that my viewing is in no way limited by wat the network feels like at any given moment.

    But the longer it takes, the less any of it interest me. After all, what use is a TV catchup service I can watch anywhere except my TV?

  • Comment number 3.

    Tiggs, the BBC tried to bring it to the Xbox, but Microsoft insisited that they had to charge customers for it, and only for Xbox Live Gold members.


    I'm not sure why your interest in having iPlayer on your Xbox 360 is going to reduce?

    There's other options if you want iPlayer on your TV - Freesat, Virgin Media, PS3, Wii or Boxee/XBMC.

  • Comment number 4.

    Have you edited the blog. The downloads are pdf I thought they were powerpoint last time I looked. At least the computer handles both.

    :-) Maybe I just need to clear the memory cache on the wetware.

  • Comment number 5.

    John99 - the downloads in the previous stats post were powerpoint. Some people didn't like that so we switched to pdf this time.

  • Comment number 6.

    that for all those who claim the beeb lost out to itv in terms of ratings. people are just exercise their rite to watch online later because they are sure of the reliability of the iplayer. Good use of the licence fee and shame to all those who said the bbc shouldn't venture into these markets but for them we will still be in the dark ages or even worse being exploited by Rupert Murdoch and his cronies.

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