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Last year was a record one for iPlayer.

The BBC catch-up service had over 3.5 billion TV and radio requests in 2014, up from 3.1 billion in 2013.

That's an increase of almost half a billion, which isn't to be sniffed at.

As you'd expect, TV made up the bulk of the requests. 2.6 billion were for TV while more than 860 million were for radio.

This accounts for requests across all platforms, including TV, console, mobile and web.

More people than ever are using the service on tablets and mobiles. 2014 saw 51 per cent more requests on tablet (up to 801 million) and 32 per cent more on mobile (up to 662 million).

'Sherlock' was the most popular programme, with 4.2 million requests. 'Top Gear' was next with 3.8 million, while 'Murdered By My BoyFriend' had 3 million.

BBC Three is set to become part of iPlayer in the autumn when it migrates to its new home online.

Not great news for the channel, but it could have its benefits – the Beeb's drama chief reckons it could take more risks online, for example.

iPlayer came to the Xbox One console at the end of last year.

It also offered a new and improved service via YouView.



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