The lockdown has contributed to the BBC iPlayer reporting another record month.
According to the BBC, 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. Compared to May 2019, requests had risen by 72% year-on-year, as viewers continued to stay at home.
Episodes from the most recent series of Killing Eve and Normal People were the most requested programmes on the iPlayer during the month, with Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe and entertainment series The Great British Sewing Bee driving further clicks.
The Prime Minister’s lockdown speech to the nation at the end of May received 1.9 million requests from viewers wanting to watch the BBC live stream.
” BBC iPlayer continues to rise higher with yet another record-breaking month in May – 72% more programme requests than a year ago, it’s been the only place to binge on the wonderful new hit series Normal People and the place to see returning favourite Killing Eve first. Before the lockdown period began and all the way through it, iPlayer has been providing a unique mix of entertaining, informative and educational television whenever and wherever people want it.”Dan McGolpin – controller, BBC iPlayer