Tablets overtake PCs for BBC iPlayer use

The BBC has revealed that more tablets were used to access its BBC iPlayer service on Boxing Day than any other type of connected device, including PC.

The statistics show that, for the first time, more people watched iPlayer content on a tablet across 26 and 27 December than computer. Smartphone and internet-connected TV use, while also experiencing a rise, didn't come close.

In addition, mobile and tablet use combined accounted for a record 72 per cent of total traffic experienced by BBC Sport on Boxing Day. New Year's Day saw a similar figure, with 70 per cent of visitors coming through a mobile device.

New Year's Day 2014 was iPlayer's best day ever. The service received nearly 11 million requests for TV and radio programmes in that one day alone. And that excludes those who watched catch-up programming through Sky or Virgin Media.

In the entire festive period, BBC iPlayer received 102 million requests for TV and radio programmes. And Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor was the most popular show with almost two million requests. Matt Smith's last outing as The Doctor was also terrestrial TVs biggest viewed show on Christmas Day.



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