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Broadband providers could be asked to invest more in their broadband services to meet the growing demand for TV content over the web.

That is the suggestion coming from David Allen of Tech Watch, who was commenting in the wake of minister for communication, technology and broadcasting Steven Carter's assertion that too much importance was being placed on the need for super-fast offerings.

Mr Allen countered by pointing out the growing popularity of archived or live streaming of TV content to users' computer screens via broadband, saying providers would need to meet this demand.

He commented: "There is an issue with exactly what people are going to do on the network, because the internet service providers are worried about the cost.

Mr Allen went on to say that services "could be graduated in order for ISPs to be able to cope with the growing demand for TV over the broadband network".

The BBC recently launched a live streaming service featuring its terrestrial channels, available as part of the iPlayer.

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