iPlayer halts performance dip

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 29 May 2015

After reporting a poor March in terms of requests, which led some to suggest the service was on the wane, the BBC iPlayer has stabilised its monthly performance.

According to data released by BBC iStats, there were 271 million requests to BBC iPlayer in April 2015, up year-on-year compared with 268 million in April 2014. The BBC noted that it normally expects to see a seasonal slow-down from March into summer, driven by its says good weather, but there were an average of nine million daily requests to the on-demand and online video service in April, stable month-on-month.

The BBC was rather pleased to announce that following what it called 'data issues' and not a slump in March, TV platform figures recovered somewhat in April 2015. TV requests accounted for 218 million of the total request figure, up 14 million (7%) compared with the same month in 2014.

Fittingly Peter Kay's Car Share was a big driver of requests during the performed very well in the month, with episode one taking the top spot after the series premiered in full on BBC iPlayer before it was broadcast on BBC One. Episode one delivered 1.5 million live and on-demand requests, and all episodes so far totalled 3.7 million requests in April. Dramas Poldark and Ordinary Lies were also in the top ten titles. A range of factual titles also performed strongly, including Louis Theroux's Transgender Kids; Reggie Yates' Extreme Russia; Young, Welsh And Pretty Skint; and MasterChef.