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Home internet users need a broadband connection with sufficient bandwidth if they want to take full advantage of online video services, it has been claimed.

According to an advice column in the Daily Telegraph, consumers who receive slow broadband speeds will struggle to download video content from services such as YouTube, ITV Player and BBC iPlayer.

The news provider noted that speeds in excess of 1Mb are required in order for broadband users to enjoy adequate streaming services and to watch TV online.

It urged broadband users to think of their internet connection as a pipe, which – when insufficient download speeds are provided – is too narrow to support the required flow of data.

"In the end, the only satisfactory solution is to get a wider pipe, which means talking to your internet service provider or shopping around for a faster broadband service," the Daily Telegraph stated.

"If you want to stay ahead of the game and take full advantage of what the internet has to offer, you need to think in terms of 8Mb to 10Mb."

Virgin Media is currently introducing 100Mb fibre broadband services across its cabled network, while BT is undertaking a wider rollout of 40Mb broadband deals.

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