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Published: 18th Dec 2013

More than a third of Britons watch television content over the internet, according to Ofcom. 

Figures recently released by the watchdog revealed 36 per cent of people say they view TV programmes online on a weekly basis. This is more than in the US and other major European nations. 

Ofcom also revealed 78 per cent of Britons who owned a smart TV have connected the device to the internet. 

The ability to watch TV online is one of the major benefits of the web and it is now possible to view all of the major channels live as well as through on-demand services like BBC iPlayer. 

However, streaming TV content online requires a reliable internet connection - something satellite broadband can provide.

Ofcom's research follows a study by Virgin Media that found 33 per cent of Britons will watch Christmas TV through on-demand services this festive season, enabling them to easily avoid missing out on programmes that clash with others they want to watch.