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Those planning to watch live streaming online have been warned that they will probably need a fast broadband connection.

The advice comes from Murad Ahmed and Lilly Peel of the Times, who have pointed out that the BBC's popular iPlayer service, which is now to stream BBC1 and BBC2, requires a minimum speed of 1Mb for full enjoyment.

According to the pair, although those downloading content from the iPlayer service should have no problem viewing uninterrupted footage, live streaming requires broadband of a decent speed.

"A smooth watching experience on a PC has less to do with how flashy your hard drive is and more to do with the quality of your broadband connection," says the guidance.

"For live TV streamed on the internet you need a constant high speed. If your speed dips too low, which can be caused by several people using the same home connection, the image will stutter."

The BBC recently announced that their two flagship terrestrial channels will join BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies in being streamed live.

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