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Report reveals surge in Online TV

Research by Media Analyst (opens in new tab) Screen Digest revealed that BBC is going be the dominant player in the online TV shows and programmes market with an expected 2.8 billion streamed and downloaded files by 2012.

BBC opened the flood gates back in December as it released a flash based version of iPlayer which proved to be a huge success for the BBC with more than 250,000 shows streamed or downloaded in the fortnight following its launch.

Most of BBC's documentaries, series and programmes from the last seven days are now available online.

Web based viewing is particularly popular with internet users who have experienced other online video websites like Daily Motion or Youtube which use the same Flash-based technology.

The BBC has also announced that it will allow users to embed its videos on their websites using a few lines of code and has also plans to collaborate with Channel 4 and ITV to launch a whole new platform called Kangaroo which is going to complement iPlayer's offer.

Techradar (opens in new tab) released some figures which shows that the BBC is building momentum in time for the battle to control online TV : video streams coming from BBC.co.uk represented nearly two in five of all free to view streams and downloads in the UK last year.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.