BBC’s iPlayer apps hit 20 million downloads, nonetheless aren’t coming to the US
The BBC studies its iPlayer apps for Android and iOS have crossed a brand new milestone, with 20 million downloads complete since launching again in 2011. In fact, that quantity could be a bit of inflated by sure people downloading it a number of occasions (our UK employees alone in all probability accounts for a number of dozen) nevertheless it’s nonetheless spectacular. Different numbers shared included a peek on the most downloaded episodes ever (because the function launched in September 2012), and Prime Gear’s season 20 episode premiere took the highest spot with about ninety two,000. 70 million TV requests got here in from cellular units in September, with mobiles making up forty one % of all iPlayer requests.
As common because the apps are at residence, the BBC lately introduced modifications to its plans for his or her worldwide availability. CEO Tim Davie’s imaginative and prescient for the way forward for BBC Worldwide features a transformation of BBC.com that focuses on video, and proposes folding the app into the web site as part of his three yr plan. So, after reaching sixteen nations together with Canada and Australia (however not the US) iPlayer International will not see any additional enlargement, with plans as an alternative for an “worldwide model of a BBC retailer.” After an extended lull in improvement we suppose it is good to listen to something on that entrance, and figuring out that the Physician Who fiftieth Anniversary particular episode shall be simulcast on BBC America November twenty third (Sherlock followers ought to know season three’s first episode is coming to PBS on January nineteenth) helps ease the ache of lacking out only a bit.