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April 19, 2013

BBC iPlayer More Tablet users than Smartphones for first time


The BBC has revealed statistics for its iPlayer viewings for March 2013. One of the most interesting statistic is that the month had more people stream content via a tablet device than a smartphone for the first time.
Of the 272 million iPlayer requests for the month, 41 million of those came from tablet devices. In comparison, 40 million came from smartphone. This doesn’t mean smartphone usage is dwindling, however, as that is the second highest figure in the media streaming platform’s life, just that tablet use is increasing dramatically.
When combined, mobile device use has almost caught up with the number of requests made on computer – desktop and laptop – during the same period. The Beeb has revealed that 128 million requested content through a PC, while 121 million requests came from mobile device.
The rest of the 272 million requests are made up of Smart TV, TV platform operators (such as Virgin Media, Sky and YouView), and games consoles. A staggering 17 million requests came from “unknown” sources.
Those figures account for TV and radio programming combined, with the split being approximately 73.5 per cent TV to 26.5 per cent radio.
The top TV show on BBC iPlayer in March was Top Gear, with the two parts of the Africa Special accruing a total of 5,745,000 requests (views). The top radio show was the first part of the audio serialisation of Neil Gaiman’s book Neverwhere.

BBC Media Centre

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini