iPlayer TV platform operators reach record high

Editor | 20-12-2013

The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who has contributed to an excellent November 2013 for BBC iPlayer.

Data from BBC iStats showed that overall, requests for the on-demand and catch-up service were up 27% compared with the same period in 2012 to 263 million, making it the third biggest month on record behind only January and March 2013 following a boost from the preceding Christmas period. After a record-breaking October, mobile and tablet requests remained stable at 36% of total requests, while computers delivered 38%.

In the TV environment, there were 197 million requests in total, 64 million of which came from people using their computers and 49 million from tablets. The month also saw a record 36 million requests from TV platform operators including Virgin Media cable, Sky satellite, BT Vision IPTV and YouView.

Driving this demand was the Doctor Who episode which alone generated 2.8 million requests, with a record-breaking 1.3 million coming in the first 24 hours, beating the previous record for the Olympics Opening Ceremony (1.0 million). November was also a strong month for leading BBC soap EastEnders.