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33% of Brits will watch more TV online this Christmas

Web users warned not to eceed download limits

A third of Brits plan to watch more TV online this Christmas, says Broadbandchoices.co.uk.

However, the broadband comparison website has warned web users their plans may seem them end-up with a penalty fine for excessive downloading.

Broadbandchoices.co.uk said the vast majority of broadband packages come with a download limit and 'fair usage policy', which restricts the physical amount of downloading a person can do using their broadband connection and tend to penalise users for downloading at the certain times of the day with fines or 'throttling' (another name for restricting) their connection speed.

"Anyone planning to catch up on their favourite TV shows using their broadband connection this Christmas should check the terms of their download limit and fair usage policy to ensure they are not in danger of receiving a penalty fine or having their connection speed throttled," said Michael Philips, product director at Broadbandchoices.co.uk.

"The use of online TV services is clearly only going to increase in the future, so it is crucial that consumers understand that even if a broadband package says it is 'unlimited' it is still highly likely that it will have some form of fair usage policy attached."

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