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BBC iPlayer serves 199M shows in September, sets new record

updated 08:55 pm EDT, Sun October 21, 2012

Doctor Who, Chris Moyles highest requested shows

The BBC has seen its iPlayer service receive its highest ever number of requests in a month. Over 199 million requests were made to the UK-only on-demand service through the month of September. This beat the corporation's previous record set during the London Summer Olympic Games, where it set up 24 live HD feeds in order to cover every event.

The iPlayer received an average of 43 million requests a week, and at one point hit six million program requests per day. The biggest show in terms of viewers was Doctor Who, where 2.2 million requests were made for the first episode of series 7, and all five episodes featured in the top 10. On the radio, the final episode of the Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 received 427 thousand requests. The numbers could also be attributed to the addition of live program restarts, which allowed viewers to return to the start of a program that will have already started its maiden broadcast.

It was also revealed that mobile phones and tablets accounted for over a fifth of requests in October, while game consoles saw a 16-percent increase in requests from viewers.

by MacNN Staff



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