Online Players go Mainstream

Extras and Doctor Who helped BBC's iPlayer enjoy an astonishingly good end of year according to a review by Reuters.

Nearly a quarter of a million clips were streamed or downloaded daily in the fortnight after Christmas by more than one million visitors.

Currently more than 250 BBC programmes are available to watch for a period of seven days.

The growing popularity of video streaming and devices like PVRs have prompted some to say that broadcast TV schedules are set to disappear as a report by Tiscali TV shows that nearly two thirds of viewers believe schedules are too restrictive.

The survey also pointed out that streaming video on TV screens rather than computer monitors is still the preferred way of watching movies for the majority of viewers.

However, there are also some concerns over the sustainability of streaming video because of the bandwidth pressures that video usage.