If anyone needed further proof of tablet devices being more in vogue than the traditional PCs, here it is: theBBC iPlayer app has seen almost a million downloads (941,000 to be precise) on tablet devices from Dec 21 til the end of the year, surpassing the traditional desktops and laptops for the first time ever. This goes to show the popularity that tablet devices enjoyed as a holiday gift item. What is also impressive is that it comes within only eight months of tablets surpassing smartphones so far as viewing iPlayer is concerned.
Citing just how popular its iPlayer has been among tablet users, BBC further stated its popular web service was being viewed by over 3 million tablet users daily post 26 December, ahead of desktop and laptops viewership. BBC also had to deal with far more requests – 11 million – for TV and radio programs on New Year’s Day this year than in 2013 (8.1 million). This marked a healthy jump of 35 percent though the actual figure will be even higher when data from Sky and Virgin Media is also taken into account.
“2013 truly proved to be the year of the tablet and after they were all unwrapped, Boxing Day saw tablet viewing overtake computer viewing for the first time in iPlayer history,” revealed Dan Taylor, the head of BBC iPlayer in a blog post.