PS3 BBC iPlayer Usage Rockets

PS3 BBC iPlayer Usage Rockets

Seven million shows requested by PS3 users in December, up 31 per cent on previous month.

PlayStation 3 users watched a record seven million BBC programmes on the iPlayer catchup service in December, an increase of 31 per cent on the previous month.

The BBC revealed the figure as part of its iPlayer stats pack for December 2010, which show that December was the busiest month for the service since it began. In total 145 million TV and radio programmes were streamed online during December, an increase of 27 per cent on the year before.

It means that almost five per cent of all iPlayer television traffic was delivered to the PS3, almost double the Wii’s figure, which despite a larger UK installed base languishes behind on four million, or 2.75 per cent of overall traffic.

The news shows the increasing popularity of catchup services on games consoles and will be well received by executives at ITV and Channel 4, who last month made their own equivalent services available to UK PS3 owners.

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