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PS3 favoured by 10% of BBC iPlayer viewers

Console more popular than Mac for catch-up service

The BBC has revealed that Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) owners account for 10 percent of all its BBC iiPlayer users.

The Windows PC is the most popular format used to view the on-demand catch-up service. However, the number of PS3 users has overtaken the number of viewers using a Mac to watch the service, which is currently just 8.5 percent.

"User response to our new iPlayer for PS3 has been amazing, [it] now accounts for a massive 10 percent of all iPlayer viewing," said BBC online media spokesperson, Anthony Rose.

The news comes as the BBC revealed it was considering opening the iPlayer up to third parties and host their content on the catch-up service.

Erik Huggers, director of future media and technology at the BBC also said that Coronation Street was one of the most-searched terms on the iPlayer, even though the soap is actually shown on rival ITV.

"It is not a concept of aggregation, but federation. It is about making sure each of the broadcasters around the world can continue to have a direct relationship with their users," Huggers said

However, the proposal has not been finalised and would be subject to the approval of the BBC Trust. The BBC, along with Channel 4 and ITV, has already been involved in a similar service.

First announced in November 2007, Project Kangaroo was billed as a 'one-stop shop' for video content online and was expected to offer users more than 10,000 hours of TV, with around 90 percent available for free and the rest available for rent or purchase.

However, the service was halted by the Competition Commission in February this year, after an investigation revealed it posed a threat to competition.

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See also: BBC planning mobile iPlayer for iPhone


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