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Demand for BBC iPlayer continues to soar

by Parm Mann on 23 February 2010, 15:49

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The BBC has revealed that demand for its iPlayer Internet TV service has almost doubled in the past twelve months.

The first month of a new decade witnessed a record number of requests for iPlayer content, with the BBC receiving a staggering 120 million requests across all platforms.

During the same month, the BBC recorded its highest number of requests in a single week - 23.8 million during the week beginning January 4th, excluding those accessing the service via Virgin Media.

The continued rise in demand could be accredited to consumers catching up on Christmas programming, and the BBC adds that the UK's adverse weather conditions have helped propel iPlayer usage - with many in the UK opting to stay out of the snow and instead tune into their favourite shows.

Popular TV shows during January included the seventh episode of Top Gear's 14th series - accumulating 1,135,000 requests alone. The popular motoring show was followed by Doctor Who: The End of Time (Part 2, Episode 2), with 831,000 requests and Gavin and Stacey (Series 3, Episode 6) with 700,000 requests. The radio charts, meanwhile, were dominated by Test Match cricket broadcasts - occuping seven of the 10 most requested episodes.

In terms of platforms, the PC remains the strongest iPlayer provider but alternative TV-connected devices continue to gather momentum. TV requests via Nintendo's Wii games console grew in January, rising from three to four per cent of all requests. Sony's PlayStation 3 remained at eight per cent, whilst Virgin Media's set-top receiver recorded an estimated 20 million requests, roughly 17 per cent of the January total.



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I like iPlayer and the alternatives at 1st the quality on my 40" was questionable but now it seems they have improved this which has made me use it more often. I would imagine it to soar even higher as soon as people and technology catch up with this service.
Paulm@scan;1879629
I like iPlayer and the alternatives at 1st the quality on my 40" was questionable but now it seems they have improved this which has made me use it more often. I would imagine it to soar even higher as soon as people and technology catch up with this service.

http://beebhack.wikia.com/wiki/IPlayer_TV

Have a read on the different streaming options. Basically the player will start at flashvhigh and move down to flashhigh then flashstd.

Flashvhigh is amazing and almost as good as broadcast, flashhigh is good but you'll notice a few artifacts in fast scenes, flashstd is ‘internet quality’. :P

But you are right, the quality can be amazing…
iplayer is also very useful for listening to the radio at work on a network conntection.

But iplayer has come a long way. Would be good if one service intergrated ITV player and iplayer and on4demand etc etc
Brewster0101
iplayer is also very useful for listening to the radio at work on a network conntection.
I've done this for years when it was Listen Again and live streaming. It's good it isn't limited to RealAudio now :)


Brewster0101
But iplayer has come a long way. Would be good if one service intergrated ITV player and iplayer and on4demand etc etc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Canvas
Brewster0101
But iplayer has come a long way. Would be good if one service intergrated ITV player and iplayer and on4demand etc etc

Ain't that what www.seesaw.com is?

It's only just launched so expect more and more to be added to the service shortly :)