The BBC iPlayer service is quickly becoming a massive success for the British based multimedia company. BBC officials have revealed that the app in September drew a total of 199 million service requests. Those requests were provided to UK-only customers through the on-demand service.
The apps milestone is most impressive because it beat the company’s previous record which was helped along by the BBC network’s 24 live HD feeds coverage of the London Summer Olympic Games.
BBC officials revealed that the app in September was receiving an average of 43 million requests per week and during its high managed six million requests in a single 24 hour period.
The biggest draw for the BBC iPlayer app was Doctor Who, which saw 2.2 million requests for its first episode of series 7. Dr. Who’s first five episodes also all fell in the top 10.
Radio shows also didn’t do bad with the Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 receiving 427 thousand requests. iPlayer was helped along by a feature known as “live program restarts,” which allows users to return to the start of a live broadcast that is already underway. The live program restart is essentially a long form rewind program for users who miss the start of their favorite programs.
The BBC iPlayer app is available for mobile phones and internet connected tablets, which accounted for more than one-fifth of requests in October. Constituting a 16-percent increase in views were game consoles which take advantage of the BBC iPlayer app.
Now if only the BBC would bring this awesome mobile app to the United States.