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BBC iPlayer reports record third quarter viewing driven by sports, national events

The BBC reported its BVoD service saw 1.65 billion streams between July and September, a record for the third quarter of the year

Between July and September programmes on BBC iPlayer were streamed 1.65 billion times, a record for the third quarter of the year and 7 per cent up on the same quarter last year, the BBC has announced.

Much of that growth was driven by viewers watching the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games, England facing Germany in the final of Women’s Euro 2022, and the final stages of Wimbledon.

In total, 5 million viewers streamed coverage of the Queen’s funeral, while the final of the Women’s Euros was watched by 4 million viewers on iPlayer.

The BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games was streamed 52.5 million times, while Wimbledon 2022 generated 28.2 million streams.

Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer, said: “The nation turns to the BBC for the big moments and for increasing numbers of people that means turning to BBC iPlayer. There was an extraordinary range of relevant programming available for all to view both before and after the BBC’s coverage of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and so many of this summer’s key sporting moments were captured live including the famous victories of the Lionesses.”