Report: BBC iPlayer streamed 6,400 shows to Android phones in July

Some very interesting stats were obtained from the BBC under a Freedom of Information request, illustrating just how few people are – or were in July of 2010 – able to stream BBC iPlayer content to their Android phones in the UK.

In total, the BBC streamed a massive 5.3 million TV shows to Apple iOS devices in July of 2010, compared to a rather poor 6,400 shows sent out to Android-powered mobile devices by the BBC. That’s quite a big gap.

Here’s the full data, courtesy of The Next Web:

In July 2010, 1,026 hours of programming were streamed from the BBC iPlayer to Android devices.

In July 2010 6,400 programmes were streamed from the BBC iPlayer to Android devices.

For complete weeks since 23 June, the average weekly number of Android device users accessing programmes from the BBC iPlayer was 1,106, peaking at 1,896 in the week commencing 26 July 2010.

In July 2010 there were 5,272,464 programmes requested via the BBC iPlayer from Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

In July 2010 there was an average of 230,016 Apple mobile devices users accessing programmes via the BBC iPlayer each week, peaking at 248,700 in the week commencing 26 July 2010.

Of course, the reason for that is entirely down to the BBC’s choice of technology, with iPlayer requiring Android 2.2 and Flash Player 10.1 in order to run on Android handsets. It’s that simple.

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And as quickly as Android 2.2 is spreading, it’s still very much on the minority of Android devices. Which makes this a nice bit of short-term point-scoring by the Apple lobby, but more and more Android users will be coming online by the day.

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  1. k0zmic

     /  August 28, 2010

    Seriously the BBC should just make an app. I don’t understand why they didn’t in the first place.

  2. Additionally, you’re not allowed to stream over the cellular network. Trying to do so gets you a snotty message about only Apple or Vodafone pay monthly* customers being allowed to do this.

    So you can only stream over wifi. Which for most people in practice means home.

    Way to go with the useless app, Auntie.

    * When the service is in reality denied to Vodafone pay monthly users

    • k0zmic

       /  August 28, 2010

      Try they have most of the BBC channels and support High Quality viewing. I’ve tried it on my Hero running stock 2.2, although with 2.1 Sense it doesn’t work well. I think this isn’t the case for 2.2 Desire’s though.

  3. Billy Hicks

     /  August 28, 2010

    Why would I use the official BBC source when I can use MyPlayer?

    Myplayer lets me download the show so I don’t have to worry about buffering.

    • k0zmic

       /  August 29, 2010

      MyPlayer’s is pretty good I quite like it, especially after the UI update.

  4. androidapplib

     /  August 29, 2010

    I agree that they should make an app.

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