The huge growth of the tablet market has been one of the major changes affecting firms of all sizes in the last few years and new data from the BBC underlines the extent of this growth.
The corporation confirmed that for the first time, traffic to its iPlayer services from tablets overtook that of smartphones.
In total there were 272 million requests for the service in March, with 81 million coming from a combination of tablets and smartphones. Of this breakdown, it was almost equal, but the BBC said that 200,000 more requests had come from tablets.
While it is perhaps obvious tablets would become the preferred method for watching the iPlayer service over the small screen size of smartphones, the data now proves tablets are increasingly becoming the favoured device of choice for numerous activities.
Such demand for tablets is currently eroding the PC markets as consumers and business buyers are more drawn to the light-weight, ultraportable form factor, over larger devices. However, despite this, it is still worth nothing that computers make up the bulk of requests to the BBC service, but this is falling as tablet traffic grows, as the below graph shows.
Last year, the BBC updated its iPlayer apps, making it possible for users to save shows on their mobile devices for a limited time, rather than just offering a streaming service.
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