Feeds

Brits turn to web for World Cup action

BBC iPlayer 1, Freeview HD 0?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

This year's World Cup could be the first footie tournament followed closely on the internet.

According to UK retailer DSG, which runs the PC World chain, a third of football fans will watch the contest's matches on the web.

The claim is based on the results of a survey of 3000-odd visitors to its outlets, so we'll leave it to you to judge how representative the sample is.

That said, DSG also claimed the last two weeks have seen a 30 per cent increase in the sale of internet TV gadgets. Rival retailer Argos yesterday said TV sales were significantly down in May. Are both a sign that Brits are turning to the net for their telly?

The Argos experience suggests Brits aren't flocking to buy Freeview HD upgrades. Freeview HD is one way to watch both BBC HD and ITV 1 HD, the only two UK channels broadcasting World Cup matches in high definition.

Well, DSG's definition of 'internet TV gadgets' is rather broad, stretching to powerline Ethernet adaptors, BlackBerries and 3G modems as well as the the kind of kit you'd expect to be included, such as Sling Media's Slingbox Pro - reviewed here.

But we suspect rather a lot of folk will use the likes of BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to watch games - particularly less critical ones - at a more convenient time.

DSG said that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) revealed they would be tuning on a computer, while one in ten expects to follow the action using a smartphone. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.