BBC iPlayer Has Record Breaking Christmas

BBC iPlayer clocked up over 145 million programme requests during December 2010, the corporation has announced.

Counting the combined figures for both TV and radio in December, the BBC recorded a month-on-month increase of 3 per cent for the service, topping November's 141 million, as well as a 27 per cent rise on December 2009’s total.

According to the figures, iPlayer on Virgin Media hit a record 23.9 million requests, and those from Sony’s PS3 were up 31 per cent on November, accounting for around 7 million of the total requests.

The two Top Gear Christmas specials topped the list of most requested TV shows for December, nearing 1.3 million views each, and day four and day five of The Second Ashes Test were the most revisited radio programmes, amounting to just under 160,000 hits per show.

"These figures are a fantastic way to start the new year and I'm looking forward to building on these while we continue to evolve and improve BBC iPlayer," said the BBC’s general manager, programmes and on demand Daniel Danker.

"In December we saw huge growth of BBC iPlayer on game consoles, connected TVs, and mobiles phones. We're seeing impressive audience appreciation for our TV and mobile experiences, and I anticipate that growth on these devices will significantly outpace traditional BBC iPlayer use in 2011."