Live sport hits a high with BBC iPlayer World Cup stats

posted on Tuesday, 17th July 2018 by Steve May

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The BBC iPlayer World Cup service scored with viewers, garnering 56.3m requests over the tournament, according to figures released by the broadcaster. The Sweden v England game became the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme ever with 3.8m (3.9m including on-demand) requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.

According to the BBC stats, the top five most requested matches online across BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer live and on-demand were: Sweden v England (3.9m), Tunisia v England (3.09m), England v Panama (3.05m), Brazil v Belgium (2.2m) and Spain v Russia (2.1m).

Virtual reality also showed its legs. The BBC VR app was downloaded over 400,000 times, and over 2.5m people registered for a BBC account.

450,000 UK unique browsers used BBC Sport’s online Player Rater, generating 11.9m ratings. The highest rated player on average was South Korea and Spurs star, Son Heung-Min, with 7.43. Croatia’s Luka Modric, received the highest rating for an individual performance with 8.45 against Argentina. England’s highest rated player on average was Kieran Trippier (7.19). Jordan Pickford’s (8.41) penalty performance against Colombia earned him the top England performance.

The World Cup final between France and Croatia captured a peak BBC One TV audience of 10.4m with 54 per cent peak share, with 2m live requests (and 36,000 on-demand) to stream the match online on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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