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BBC enjoys record iPlayer requests in October

Thursday, November 29th 2012 by Paul France
iPlayer requests in October top 200m for first time

More than 200 million people watched or listened to shows on iPlayer last month.

The BBC saw a record number of requests for content on its iPlayer online TV platform in October.

Over the month, requests for television and radio shows broke the 200 million mark for the first time, coming in at 213 million.

According to the public service broadcaster, this surge can be attributed to increases for all types of device - from mobiles and tablets to TVs and computers - thanks to the popularity of the autumn schedule.

Almost one-quarter of all requests came from users of mobile devices, while connected TVs now make up one-fifth of all viewing as iPlayer makes gains on newer platforms.

Weekly usage of the streaming service remained high throughout the month, with TV viewing via iPlayer rising as October progressed, coinciding with the launch of new series such as Hunted and Merlin.

Meanwhile, the proportion of live requests stabilised after peaking during the Olympic Games. Around one in eight television show requests are live, compared to more than three-quarters for radio programming.

In line with previous months, the vast majority of iPlayer users were aged under 55 - younger than the typical radio listener or TV viewer, but more in line with the average home broadband subscriber.

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