88 million video requests

Over the last few weeks we have been retreating to the dining room. There, in the evenings, we have been lighting the fire and luxuriating on the sofas overlooking the snow laden garden. Our TV is in the lounge, a room which we have largely abandoned during the cold weather and as a consequence we have changed our TV viewing habits.

Instead of mindlessly switching on the TV we are now choosing what we really want to watch from iPlayer. The laptop goes on a coffee table and we watch at our convenience. I must say that the quality of the online TV experience is close enough to the old fashioned TV box.  And it's not just the laptop. My iPhone is being used more and more to watch TV, and in spite of the screen size the experience is pretty good.  And here is TV Catchup which offers live streaming of the main channels which works excellently with wireless on the iPhone. In the morning I usually prop up the phone in the kitchen to watch BBC News while I am making the toast.  iPhone is getting 88 million video requests a month. Staggering.

Here are the interesting facts via C21Media.net

The BBC iPlayer "Catch-up service" is averaging more than five million unique users a week – registering more than 88 million video requests a month. The service's most watched programme of the year was "Top Gear". The iPlayer is available on 20 devices and viewing differs on each platform. Mobile phone viewing peaks after 21.00 and again on Saturday and Sunday mornings. However, Computers still dominate iPlayer use, accounting for 86% of requests. 

The old box in the corner is probably feeling a bit insecure right now.