The British Broadcasting Corporation has announced that its popular video on-demand service, iPlayer had breached the 100 million request mark in December last year, a figure which averages 10 requests per broadband user in the UK.
BBC reported that the service had witnessed a ‘huge increase’ in the final two weeks of December as Britons scrambled to catch-up on their favourite shows.
The data released by BBC also revealed that the Christmas special shows of Gavin & Stacey and Dr. Who along with Terry Wogan's final appearance on the Radio 2 breakfast show were among the programs that received the highest number of views during December.
While the iPlayer continues to be accessed by a large number of PC users, BBC reported that the service was becoming immensely popular among gaming console owners as one in every eight requests originated from a Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation 3 gaming console.
Expressing his delight on the meteoric rise in iPlayer’s popularity, Erik Huggers, director of future media and technology at the BBC, commented that “Breaking the 100 million barrier is a great way to kick off 2010 and I expect more people to start using the service as we continue to make it more widely available.”
The iPlayer can now take over the world with project Canvas which will be one of the great highlights of 2010. There's also the fact that iPlayer will be moving on to Freesat HD and Freeview HD over the next few months. Oh, and we're expecting it to officially launch on Android as well.