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BBC iPlayer growth driven by World Cup

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The BBC iPlayer received 281 million requests in July 2018, as the service on the back of sports fans eager to catch-up on the World Cup and Wimbledon.

The FIFA World Cup dominated the July’s most popular episodes on BBC iPlayer, with England’s quarter-final game against Sweden taking the top spot with 3.1 million requests. France’s semi-final against Belgium was second with over 2 million requests, and Belgium’s quarter-final against Brazil took third with 1.8 million.

Our Girl continued to prove popular with 1.5 million requests for the fifth episode, and new dramas Picnic at Hanging Rock and Hidden both made their way into the top 20 most popular episodes of the month. Also popular was new adventure travel show The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, which had 1.1 million requests for its first episode.

Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer, said:
“It’s been an incredible summer of sport on the BBC, and that together with our summer box sets selection has helped BBC iPlayer to grow strongly on last year. England’s quarter-final against Sweden was the BBC’s highest online-viewed live programme ever.”