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iPlayer sees “most popular day ever” in lockdown

Received a record 20.4 million requests on 23rd March

Monday 23rd March was iPlayer’s most popular day ever, according to the BBC.

The OTT platform received a record 20.4 million requests to stream programmes on the day the Prime Minister addressed the nation. The BBC said it was the first time iPlayer has seen more 20 million programmes requested in a day.

The return of Killing Eve and conclusion of The Nest made Monday 13th April the service’s second biggest day ever, with 20.2 million programme requests.

More box sets are also being added to iPlayer “to help keep people entertained as people in the UK remain under lockdown,” including Dracula, My Family and The Kumars at No. 42.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and iPlayer, said: “In these difficult times, people are using BBC iPlayer more than ever; to watch the latest news coverage, to learn something new and to sit back and be entertained.

“It’s already the place to see brand new Killing Eve and we’re now adding even more choice, you’ll be able immerse yourself in hit drama series such as Dracula and Taboo or have a good laugh watching comedies like The Kumars at No.42 and My Family.”