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Tablets Boost BBC iPlayer Usage

The number of views of BBC iPlayer content generated by tablets grew by a staggering 15 per cent from August to September according to figures released by the BBC as part of its monthly performance pack (PDF (opens in new tab)).

It still represents a mere fraction of the estimated 153 million monthly requests but given that overall numbers have been plateauing (and even falling), the only way would seem to be up for tablets as their numbers increase.

Virgin Media set top boxes now account for the lion's share of BBC iPlayer figures with 23 million requests through boxes equipped with the older Liberate/TV Navigator and the newer TiVo.

Other devices account for six per cent of iPlayer figures, which includes Freesat, Freeview, BT Vision and oddly enough Blu-ray devices. Game consoles account for five per cent of requests while access from computers has been stagnating at 65 per cent.

It's worth noting that mobile devices (excluding tablets), which include smartphones, still account for six per cent of BBC iPlayer traffic. We should also point out that of the 130 million online requests (which exclude Virgin Media figures), 90 million were TV requests and 40 million Radio requests.

Désiré Athow

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.