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Sport, drama drive BBC iPlayer to record figures in Q3

According to the BBC's own figures, coverage of the Tokyo Olympics was streamed over 90 million times

Programmes on BBC iPlayer were streamed a record 1.5 billion times during Q3 2021, up 20 per cent on the same period last year, and up 49 per cent on the same period in 2019 – making it iPlayer’s best Q3 on record.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Euro 2020, drama series Vigil and the return of Strictly Come Dancing all contributed to the record figures between July and September.

According to the BBC’s own figures, coverage of the Olympics was streamed over 90 million times.

The UEFA Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was the second most popular programme of the quarter, streamed more than 6.0 million times.

Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and channels, said: “These results show the fantastic breadth of content available for all on BBC iPlayer including the country’s biggest sporting moments, enthralling new drama series like Vigil and captivating documentaries like 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room. iPlayer has something for everyone and people are using it more than ever, viewing grew 20 per cent year-on-year to our best Q3 on record and we are on track for our best ever year.”