BBC iPlayer Received Record Number Of Requests From December 2010

Last Christmas, the BBC’s catch up service had a record number of requests for TV and radio shows. The busy festive period which is famous for its entertaining TV schedule, saw 145 million users hop onto the iPlayer to watch the programs they missed.

The most popular shows that were re-watched during the month of December were the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Apprentice, Top Gear, Come Fly With Me and classic soap Eastenders. Cnet has reported that the most popular radio show that people caught up on was coverage of the Ashes. The demand for these shows saw a massive 27% increase in viewers since December 2009, with a 3% increase between November and December 2010.

The iPlayer managed to break another record last month with a whopping 104 million of the requests being from a computer. Train 2 Game has informed us of another iPlayer record, as the service received 7 million requests from PS3 users, which is an increase of 31% from the previous month. Virgin Media users accounted for 24 million of the requests.

The only numbers that didnt increase on the iPlayer were from mobile devices. In November 2010 the BBC were getting around 6 million and this stayed the same in the December; you cant win em all I guess. Did you take advantage of the BBC’s iPlayer catch up service over the busy Christmas period? If so then let us know what device you watched your shows on.