BBC iPlayer has best week ever after it turned to Netflixstyle box

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first_imgThe BBC has now announced iPlayer has enjoyed its “best-ever week of ratings”, in terms of the number of requests and weekly hours viewed.There were 69.2 million requests to watch programmes and 25.6 million hours watched, compared to 58.6 million requests and 22.5 million hours watched in the same period the previous year, the broadcaster said. EastEnders was the most-requested show Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The BBC’s attempt to beat Netflix and Amazon at their own game with binge watch-friendly box sets has seen iPlayer achieve its most-watched week on record.The BBC has announced  it received ten million more requests for programmes in the week December 25 to 31st compared with the same festive period last year, as it released entire series of old television shows to iPlayer.Promoted in November as a “gift” to licence fee-payers, the decision saw programmes including Sherlock, Blue Planet, Miranda, Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty added to the BBC’s streaming service to viewers to watch at leisure.The provision of box sets clearly echoes the methods of the BBC’s biggest digital rivals, and was widely interpreted as an attempt to beat Netflix and Amazon Prime at their own game.The digital streaming services do not release their audience figures, with no reliable method of comparing the channels yet developed. A box set of Sherlock was among the programmes available EastEnders was the most-requested show All episodes of Blue Planet were made availablecenter_img Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content, said: “It’s hugely exciting to see such unprecedented numbers come to BBC iPlayer this Christmas.”The public have responded in their millions to the amazing range of content we’ve offered – and for those who are loving our special Christmas box-set collection there are still a few days to go.” A box set of Sherlock was among the programmes availableCredit:Robert Viglasky Peaky Blinders was the most successful of the reinstated box sets, with 8m requests so far and episode six becoming the third most-watched show of the week.The EastEnders Christmas Day episode was the most popular show of the festive period, with 1.6 million requests. According to the data, the additional content has so far been requested more than 29.4 million times. All episodes of Blue Planet were made availablelast_img

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