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BBC iPlayer lets kids watch 'inappropriate' TV

Catch-up services defy the watershed

Catch-up TV services such as the BBC iPlayer are making it easier for children to watch 'inappropriate' content.

According to a recent YouGov survey on behalf of Olswang, which looked at how catch-up TV has changed viewing habits, the TV show most watched by 13-15 years olds was Mock The Week - a BBC 2 programme that's broadcast after the watershed.

"Well, my mum and dad don't let me watch EastEnders, and on the internet you can view it without them knowing," said one teenage respondent in the survey.

The survey also revealed that 69 percent of Brits favour the BBC iPlayer over other catch-up TV services. Six percent admitted to watching online TV daily while 81 percent claimed they only logged online to watch TV once a month.

"Our Convergence Consumer Survey shows that iPlayer has been the catalyst to transform online television from a minority interest into a daily activity, much as iPod and iTunes did for digital music," said John Enser, media, communications and technology partner at Olswang.


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