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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 (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.