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BBC's iPlayer Use Increased by 22% in April

According to the figures released by BBC, the iPhone video on demand service received 21 million requests for downloads and media streaming in April, which is an increase of 22 percent over the previous month.

According to figures released by the BBC, the iPlayer video on demand service has seen a substantial increase in use in the month of April.

BBC reported that the service received 21 million requests for downloads and media streaming in the month of April, which was a 22 percent increase from March (17.2 million requests).

Although the figures look impressive, the overall growth in use of the iPlayer has decreased slightly; the rise between January and February was 25 percent and then between February and March was 23 percent.

The figures show that the total number of requests to view a video since the service’s formal launch in December 2007 has now crossed the 75 million mark; and the number of average weekly users reached 1.4 million in April, a 27 percent increase from March (1.1 million).

Further, BBC reported that the iPlayer is popular across all age groups; the users in the age group of 16–34 accounted for 37 percent of views, those from the age group 35–54 were responsible for 43 percent of the views, and the age group of 55 and over requested 21 percent of the views.

Moreover, the top 20 most requested show included episodes of Doctor Who and The Apprentice.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.