Brits Stay Awake for Obama As Online TV Viewing Trend Continues

7 November 2008

http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/1070/bbciplayer0408736041309ht2.jpgResearch released by ISP Plusnet saw its broadband usage surge on Wednesday night, mostly due to UK surfers staying up late to stream live video content over the web for the US Presidential elections.

The surge in online viewers streaming TV resulted in the bandwidth doubling and tripling at times through the early hours of the morning. Neil Armstrong of Plusnet commented:

"There was a definite spike in the amount of online TV viewing [during the] all-night coverage of the American elections and Obama's landslide victory."

"It was not only a good night for Obama but also for services such as the BBC iPlayer. It just shows how more Britons are getting used to watching live, streamed content on their computers."

With websites like Hulu and TVCatchup as we've previously mentioned, the trend may very well continue, with better HD displays and faster streaming speeds.  But could this result in ISPs capping bandwidth?  What do you think?

[Plusnet via BBC]

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