British internet users have identified fast downloads of DVDquality videos as
the service they most want from nextgeneration broadband networks, according to
a recent survey by BroadbandChoices.co.uk.
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Some 61% of respondents rated “downloading DVD quality films in five minutes” as
the most interesting application for future broadband services, putting video
downloads far ahead of other advanced services like video calls and home
surveillance. Only 18% of respondents had actually downloaded videos in the
past, however, and those who had done so indicated that it was the online
activity they spent the least time on.
“From our results it does appear a little contradictory that respondents rated
‘watching TV’ or downloading films as being the least amount of time spent on
the internet in a week and yet when asked which future service would be of most
interest rated them as the most popular,” said BroadbandChoices product
director, Michael Phillips.
“It could be that current services are not at a high enough standard to warrant
utilising video services. If speeds were improved, consumers are more likely to
use broadband to watch TV and/or download films,” Phillips speculated.