BBC iPlayer console usage up 74% in December

Monday, 18 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.