The BBC iPlayer TV-on-demand service grows more and more popular every year.Â Christmas of ’09 (a week before the death of Doctor Ten) saw the total number of requests for any programme reach 89.7 million.Â This Christmas, they were stretched all the way to 145 million.
But it seems that in contrast of last year, when everything broadcast on the BBC starred David Tennant and the nation was caught in a regeneration frenzy, the percentage of Doctor Who requests this Yuletide season were relatively tame – a mere 700,000 people tuned in to A Christmas Carol online, falling short of the 780,000 requests for Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ Come Fly With Me and the two Top Gear specials that pulled in 1.3 million each.
An increasing percentage of those who are watching Doctor Who on iPlayer seem to be doing so on a PlayStation 3 console; total requests for any programme on a PS3 in December were up 33 percent from the previous month, at a massive 7 million.
Says the BBC’s Daniel Danker,
“In December we saw huge growth of BBC iPlayer on game consoles, connected TVs, and mobiles phones.Â We’re seeing impressive audience appreciation for our TV and mobile experiences, and I anticipate that growth on these devices will significantly outpace traditional BBC iPlayer use in 2011.”
What do you prefer?Â iPlayer on the good old-fashioned computer, or on a nice big television screen?Â Or perhaps even on the go with a mobile phone?
Back on the subject of Doctor Who iPlayer figures, perhaps popularity of the best show on earth is down on previous years, but we think this is more a case of viewers watching the Doctor Who Christmas special when they’re supposed to – live at Christmas.Â It just proves that television audiences value Who enough to watch it in real time, rather than play catch-up later.