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The world of the internet will soon be on television, thanks to a host of new services. But what’s worth watching and will it pay?

By Peter Bazalgette   January 2011

The YouTube video “Double Rainbow” could be on your TV soon

In July, my Smallscreen column was about all the joys of video-on-demand, pointing out how it is available on your televisions, PCs and iPads if you own a games console or subscribe to Virgin cable. Were Prospect readers paying attention? Was there a stampede to BBC iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player? Apparently not, as the percentage of us watching shows in this way remains tiny. But 2011 might see this change, with the arrival of the next, and possibly last, revolutionary leap in television. YouView, Google TV and others…

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