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BBC iPlayer requests up 32 per cent over festive period

Connected TVs were the most popular devices to watch BBC iPlayer on over the festive period, with unique browsers on connected TVs up 32 per cent on the same period in 2014
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Connected TVs were the most popular devices to watch BBC iPlayer on over the festive period, with unique browsers on connected TVs up 32 per cent on the same period in 2014.

Connected TVs accounted for 38 per cent of unique browsers, followed by 24 per cent on tablets, 22 per cent on computers and 17 per cent on mobiles.

Mobile and tablet usage still remained popular, with 391,000 app downloads throughout – peaking on Christmas day when there were 90,000 downloads of the app.

EastEnders, Mrs Brown’s Boys, The Apprentice and And Then There Were None were the most popular shows on BBC iPlayer over the festive period.

EastEnders delivered five of the top six most-requested episodes this year, with the Christmas day episode receiving almost 1.5 million requests.

The ApprenticeFinal was second, with the top Christmas special being Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The festive fortnight included BBC iPlayer data from 21 December to 31 December 2015.

Programmes are on BBC iPlayer for 30 days, which meant that data for programmes still available on BBC iPlayer outside of the period was not included.

Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer, said: “Christmas was an extremely popular time for watching programmes on BBC iPlayer - and not just people viewing on computers, tablets and phones. We’ve seen a real surge in people watching the best of the BBC through connected TVs.

“So, whether it was bringing the family together to watch cliff-hangers from Albert Square, drama like And Then There Were None or hilarious antics from Mrs Brown, more and more people were watching BBC iPlayer on the biggest screen in the house.”

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