BBC iPlayer access nears 100 million

The number of people accessing the BBC iPlayer via their computers rose 7 million to 95 million in May, according to the broadcaster’s latest figures.

The iPlayer was visited by an average of 1.4 million people daily in May, matching its February figures, driven by the new series of Doctor Who and general election coverage.

The broadcaster revealed the average time spent watching TV programmes on the iPlayer was 73 minutes per person, while time spent listening to radio was 178 minutes.

In May 10% of requests were for live simulcast streams of TV shows.

In total the iPlayer received 130 million requests for programmes across all platforms and devices including Virgin Media TV in May, up from 123 million in April.

The BBC saw a total 110 million requests to the online iPlayer for TV and radio, with 77 million requests for TV content, with 33 million requests for radio content.

Weekly TV requests fell by 1.5 million to 16.8 million across May following the Election coverage, while radio requests dropped by 1.6 million to 6.3 million.

UKOM released its own VOD results earlier this week which reported 6.6 million people visiting the iPlayer in May.

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