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Heroes added to iPlayer

Celebrated sci-fi drama Heroes has returned to BBC iPlayer, with all four series available as a box set. Created by Tim Kring to emulate the storytelling style of American comic books, the show features an ensemble cast that includes Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, […]

August 4, 2020

The Real McCoy on iPlayer

Every episode of influential sketch comedy show The Real McCoy is now available on BBC iPlayer- the first time many fans will have been able to watch the show since it was originally on the air. The iconic series was originally broadcast between 1991 and 1996, and was one of the first TV sketch shows […]

July 29, 2020

Record number of kids using BBC services

Record-breaking numbers of children turned to the BBC’s iPlayer content, apps and websites during lockdown to keep themselves informed, educated and entertained while at home. On BBC iPlayer, programme requests for CBeebies and CBBC shows were up by 81 per cent from April to June at an average of 38 million every week. Children’s shows […]

July 23, 2020

Report: UK is Europe’s leading BVoD market

A study using Ampere Analysis’s most recent AVoD revenue data has revealed that European broadcasters are no longer playing catch-up when it comes to first run VoD content. Broadcaster VoD (BVoD) audiences tend to be younger and more affluent than those who watch linear television, which has contributed to an increase in digital-only commissions. Investment […]

July 20, 2020

Survey: UK likes streaming, but wants cinema return

Research has revealed the UK’s viewing preferences during lockdown – and highlighted that consumers are keen to get back into cinemas as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. The findings come via a wide-ranging survey of over 3,000 pop culture fans in the UK undertaken by agency Experience12. Data was collected between June 25th and […]

July 15, 2020

iPlayer sets record month with 570m requests

Viewers flocked to BBC iPlayer in record numbers in May, which has now become iPlayer’s biggest month ever. There were 570 million requests to stream programmes on iPlayer in May, up from 564 million programme requests in April, which was the previous best month on record, and growing an extraordinary 72 per cent on the […]

June 30, 2020

BBC’s Salisbury Poisonings biggest new drama since 2018

The first episode of The Salisbury Poisonings received a seven-day consolidated figure of 10 million viewers (43.7 per cent share), making it the biggest new drama across all channels since 2018. All-screen +7 days data also reveals the episode has attracted 10.3 million viewers to date. The BBC One drama, written by Adam Patterson and […]

June 25, 2020

BBC acquires Canada’s Drag Race for iPlayer

BBC Three will show the first-ever Canadian version of RuPaul’s Drag Race. From the makers of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Canada’s Drag Race will be showcasing an array of vivacious and talented queens and BBC Three will be the only place to view it in the UK – exclusively on iPlayer. Twelve of the best […]

June 15, 2020

BBC’s Beeb voice assistant goes beta

Beeb, the new voice assistant from the BBC, first announced in August 2019, is to be made available in  an early version to UK-based members of Microsoft’s Windows Insider Programme, a community of people who regularly test out new technology. In a Blog Post, Grace Boswood, COO, BBC Design + Engineering, says that since its […]

June 3, 2020By Colin Mann

BBC launches Programme Explorer tool

The BBC has made more than 200,000 radio and TV programmes from its archive more accessible with a new online tool called Programme Explorer. The tool scours existing radio and TV programmes from across BBC online – including Sounds, iPlayer News, Sport, Weather and more – to find every available programme relating to a search. […]

June 1, 2020