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Video on Demand Fails To Quash VHS Challenge

The results of a national survey produced by Ericsson Owned Redback Networks found out that more than half of UK citizens watch 10 hours or more of video on demand or recorded TV weekly.

Women are more likely to watch delayed television than their male counterparts while young adults - between 25 and 34 - area least likely to watch on demand or recorded material; a rather surprising result since this age range is the most tech-savvy and time poor.

The survey, carried out by Yougov, was based around questioning people over their viewing habits and their favourite TV shows.

It also underlined the fact that VHS technology is still very much en vogue when it came to recording programmes to be watched later; 27 percent of respondents where still using tape-based recorders with another 22 percent using Sky + to record their shows and movies.

Online catch up services such as BBC's iPlayer and Proprietary Video On Demand are account for 27 percent of the market.

Intriguingly, nearly 10 percent of those questioned said that they watch shows on mobile devices which shows that lounge-bound and mobile time-shift devices can both be useful.

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.