BBC iPlayer sees record January as mobile and tablet engagement nears 50%

The BBC iPlayer has reported a "record" January across its radio and TV offering after an increased uptake in mobile and tablet engagement made the service more accessible to viewers.

Since its launch in 2009, the BBC iPlayer last month received 343 million requests across its TV and radio streaming catalogue.

January also saw the highest recorded proportion of mobile devices accessing BBC services, sitting at 23 per cent - up from 18 per cent January 2014.

All in all, tablet and mobile together accounted for almost half of all the devices accessing the service.

On the TV front, the EastEnders, Top Gear and Miranda Christmas and New Year special episodes, saw numbers approaching two million per episode.

The broadcaster also saw 79 million radio requests that month, a seven per cent year on year increase. Mobile and tablet accounted for 28 million of the above requests.

Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton show delivered the top single radio episode in January, with the Chris Evans Breakfast Show close behind.

This comes after MP report suggested that the BBC license fee 'has no long term future' urging the corporation to rely instead upon an encryption enforced subscription system.

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