BBC iPlayer console usage up 74% in December

Monday, 18th January 2010 11:54 GMT By Johnny Cullen

BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s iPlayer saw a 74 percent rise in console usage in December, having come to Wii and PS3 last fall.

The service reached over 100 million requests in November, with just under 115 million for December: 1 million alone for David Tennant’s final episode as Doctor Who.

One in eight of all requests came from console users.

“Breaking the 100 million barrier is a great way to kick off 2010 and these figures show that by offering simple and varied access to BBC iPlayer people are really finding it easy to catch up with their favourite programmes at a time that suits them,” said the BBC’s Erik Huggers.

While Wii has its own iPlayer channel, and the service gets a place on PS3′s XMB, 360 doesn’t yet have iPlayer because of differences between the BBC and Microsoft.

Thanks, GI.



  1. Blerk

    Congrats again, Microsoft!

    /slow clap

    #1 5 years ago

    Microsoft carnt have it because they only want gold members to have it which you have to pay for and iplayer is a already payed for via the tax payer.


    #2 5 years ago
  3. Quiiick

    Please Sony, make the iPlayer available for the rest of Europe, including Switzerland!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    @3 – That’s not a sony decision that’s a bbc decision and considering it’s a british organisation you won’t get it

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Yep, and if the BBC was willing to let people outside the UK use the I-player on PS3 they’d have already let non-UK PC users use it by now.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Quiiick

    Why not let people outside the UK have access to the iPlayer?

    I understand that Microsoft is violating the rules by bundling it to “gold” but I see no reason why the BBC should withheld free access on the PS3.

    And now don’t give me the standard PR answer: “it’s a licensing issue!” ;)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. WizardWeb

    @quiiick – BBC isn’t allowed to show anything for free outside the UK as they are funded by the UK license payer and even in the UK they are restricted by the regulator who has judged that if the BBC have unlimited content on iPlayer then it’s unfair competition. That’s why shows disappear after a week.

    It’s not on X-box because Microsoft and Sky object to the ‘free’ business model the BBC has. It’ll be on there if the BBC will allow payment for it, which they’re not allowed to. All NewsCorp (Murdoch) companies are trying to persuade the UK government to abolish the licence fee and make the BBC charge for content because they say it’s not fair that the BBC can provide free content. This is not for the benefit of the license payer however, it’s so they can charge for their websites (Times, Sun, News of the World) and channels that are currently free. (They’ve just started with The Standard Times in Bedford Massachusetts who are asking for $4.30 a week to access their site).

    To help them out they’ve agreed a deal with the Telegraph, Express and Mail papers as a kind of cartel to make sure this happens. That’s why there’s so many anti-BBC stories in the press at the moment, they’re trying to turn public opinion. NewsCorp have said they’ll support the Tories and in return Cameron has said if he gets in power will abolish the regulator, who has told Sky to lower prices for their sport channels.

    Many will say getting rid of the licence fee is a good thing but ultimately it means it’ll cost more in the long run to get content from the net or TV.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    @ WizardWeb
    Thanks for the comprehensive info. Much appreciazed! :)

    IMHO the license fee is a good thing. Here in D, A & CH we can watch movies uninterrupted by advertising on the main license funded channels. Only between segments we get a few ads. :)

    #8 5 years ago

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