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BBC iPlayer gets four times more traffic through the iPad that connected TVs, despite the penetration of connected devices being twice as high.

Speaking at the Digital Television Group summit last week, BBC iPlayer general manager Daniel Danker said that consumers were put off using connected TVs as the devices are too complicated.

He said that manufacturers needed to simplify their products as currently audiences are presented with a list of choices “that boggles the mind.”

Danker suggested the experience needs to be more like a TV than a PC and should avoid all mentions of firmware upgrades.

In order to overcome the complexity of connected TV, the BBC is focusing on its red button service to reach audiences who do not want to watch its content on a computer.

Connected TV has proved to be something of a conundrum so far this year, with industry predictions that it is ‘the next big thing’ failing to impress consumers who remain quite indifferent to the platform.

Last month we reported that, despite being launched two years ago, Google TV has less than 1m users and its dedicated apps have only achieved 352,000 downloads.

That said, the iPlayer stats show that connected TV may finally be finding a foothold.

While iPlayer on PC grew by 14% and iPlayer on tablets grew by 580%, use of the service on TVs grew by over 1,000%.

Danker said that he still had faith in connected TV and predicted that by 2015 the platform would account for over half of iPlayer requests.

David Moth

Published 5 March, 2012 by David Moth @ Econsultancy

David Moth is Editor and Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via Google+ and LinkedIn

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Andy Kinsey

Andy Kinsey, Web Designer, Graphic Designer & SEO at Andy Kinsey Designs

figures are a bit skewed given most people connect using a PC or laptop of some kind and will in many cases hook this up by a vga to the TV like i do.

almost 5 years ago

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