iPlayer hits 100 million monthly requests

The BBC iPlayer has revealed its 2-year anniversary was marked by breaking the 100 million requests for programmes in a month for the first time.

While audience figures have been steadily growing since the service launched, it seems the Christmas and New Year break pushed the figures up to a new high.

The final 2 weeks of December 2009 saw a "huge increase" in people using their consoles to access BBC programmes, says the broadcaster, with one in eight of all TV requests now coming from either a Nintendo Wii or Sony PS3.

Other stats include 1.3 million requests for David Tennant's final Doctor Who appearance, record numbers of radio requests with Terry Wogan's last breakfast show and New Year's Day as the busiest day on iPlayer.

"Breaking the 100 million barrier is a great way to kick off 2010 and these figures show that by offering simple and varied access to BBC iPlayer people are really finding it easy to catch up with their favourite programmes at a time that suits them", Erik Huggers, director of future media and technology, said.

"I expect more people to start using the service as we continue to make it more widely available and I'm looking forward to some of the new innovations we have coming to the service later on in the year".

 



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