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Summer of sport drives 19 per cent growth in BBC iPlayer requests

Second half of FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon saw requests reach 281 million in July

This year’s summer of sport helped the BBC’s iPlayer grow by 19 per cent year-on-year in July.

The combination of the final two weeks of the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon in July saw the service attract 281 million requests.

But the BBC says the figures for June were even bigger, with live TV requests increasing to 26 per cent of all requests on BBC iPlayer – the highest share of live viewing since the Rio Olympics 2016.

Unsurprisingly, England’s quarter final against Sweden dominates the top 10 requests for July, with the match receiving 3.1 million requests. France’s semi-final against Belgium was second with over 2 million requests, and Belgium’s quarter-final against Brazil took third with 1.8 million.

Away from the football, drama Our Girl was the most-requested series with 1.5 million requests for the fifth episode.

Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer, said: “It’s been an incredible summer of sport on the BBC, and that together with our summer box sets selection has helped BBC iPlayer to grow strongly on last year. England’s quarter-final against Sweden was the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme ever.”