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The internet will be the main home entertainment platform as new developments become more affordable, one expert has said.

According to Brian Turner, Executive Editor of Techwatch, high-speed broadband connections will be used to provide the majority of home entertainment products.

He said that services such as internet TV are "becoming much more mainstream" with broadband users increasingly likely to look online for entertainment.

"The internet is a powerful and flexible media platform, able to host multiple media formats," Mr Turner added.

"A convergence between TV broadcasting and internet distribution is something that has been on the cards since the turn of the decade, but has been limited so far by the availability of the required technology, not least consumer broadband speeds."

As these barriers are overcome, he suggested that it will be "inevitable that the internet will play a more central role in home entertainment".

The recent Europe Logs On report from Microsoft revealed that Europeans will spend an average of 14.2 hours online per week by 2010.

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