- Net users in the UK have rated the ability to download DVD-quality films quickly as the service they most want from next-generation broadband.
In a survey conducted by Broadbandchoices.co.uk, users put it ahead of video calls, High Definition video downloads and home surveillance.
Some 18% said they downloaded films although it was the online activity they devoted the least time to. The most popular activities are still sufing and checking e-mail.
Some 61% rated "downloading DVD quality films in five minutes" as the most interesting application for future broadband services.
The survey was intended to get a feel from what consumers may want from next-generation broadband in the light of recent questions about how and when the UK should move to super-fast services.
However, there was uncertainty over how whether people would be prepared to pay extra for such services, with 60% responding either no or don't know.
The services people rated the most exciting drivers of next-generation broadband were the ones they spent the least time on currently.
"From our results it does appear a little contradictory that respondents rated 'watching TV' or downloading films as being the least amount of time spent on the internet in a week and yet when asked...