Become a Member

7 in 10 Britons are watching more TV & boxsets to escape the lockdown blues  


A recent study conducted by Netgem TV analyses TV consumption patterns across the UK since lockdown measures were implemented

London, UK, 17th June 2020: A large majority of the UK population is watching more TV content since the outbreak of COVID-19, according to a recent study conducted by Netgem TV. The leading TV service has recently completed a survey with over 750 respondents to explore the different ways in which consumers across the UK and Ireland are turning to television to escape from the daily routine in lockdown.

The study confirms a surge in TV consumption across the UK and Ireland and reveals that TV Series are the most popular and binge-worthy form of lockdown entertainment, with nearly two-thirds of viewers (73%) watching more across all genres. TV is closely followed by Films, watched by 68% more viewers, and News, watched by an extra 57%. A third (33%) of viewers are also watching more YouTube, which is available directly through the Netgem TV platform. Increased news consumption is also likely to be one of the reasons for 33% of overall consumers confirming that they are watching more live TV than they did pre-lockdown, despite the loss of live sports coverage.

The price paid for TV content varies widely across the UK

The study also found that the average consumer in the UK and Ireland now spends £25/month on TV services. By age group, consumers between 41-50 years old are the highest paying customers, with over 40% spending more than £50/month on their TV services. By contrast, 74% of 21-30 year olds spend less than £20/month. This Millennial generation is far more likely to consist of cord-cutters too, with over 55% of respondents not having a TV provider but paying for two or more streaming services instead.

There is also a significant difference in the price paid for TV services across the UK. Consumers in Greater London and South East England are the highest paying, with a majority of consumers paying over £50/month for their TV services. This peaks at close to 70% in London, due to 90% of Londoners having at least one additional streaming service and tending to opt for a more expensive TV provider such as BT or Sky. At the other end of the country, Scotland spends the least on TV services; over 46% of TV consumers pay under £20/month and a significant 25% pay under £10/month.

“The increased demand for series and films shows that the average Briton wants escapism at this time. TV services should be focussing all efforts in making this possible by putting together the best content offer at the lowest possible prices, so that customers can choose providers by content alone rather than having the pain points of comparing shifting prices and cross-referencing  limited time deals,” says Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director, Netgem TV.

Netgem TV offers content for all tastes, for kids and adults, ranging from the most recent film releases, the hottest series combined with sports and news. Recently, the platform dropped its monthly subscription to £9.99/month and included a one month free trial.

— ends-

About Netgem TV

Netgem TV is the service designed for modern and savvy viewers in the UK and Ireland. The platform offers the best of free TV, inclusive of premium content and the most popular streaming services.

Netgem TV is powered by Netgem, which has over 20 years of experience innovating in Internet-connected solutions for Operators. Netgem is a leading service provider for the next-gen Fibre homes, with an evolving range of connected home products and services.

Netgem creates a unique and unified experience across TV and mobile, offering access to the best digital TV, music and video streaming services across the biggest names in local and global content.


Media contact:

Kerry Norman, Bubble Agency:

[email protected]

+44 (0) 793 575 6969


Laura Cabarcos, Bubble Agency:

[email protected]

+44 (0) 751 449 5819



DTG Resources

The DTG has a wealth of resources available to its Members which includes reports, papers, infographics and presentations. We also have an extensive DTG Archive which covers broadcast industry developments over almost a quarter of a century. However some DTG publications are available by email on a complimentary basis.

Find Out More

The DTG Bulletin

The DTG Bulletin is a weekly curation of industry news and events with informed comment from DTG industry experts and Members. It also includes details of Member Offers which entitle DTG Members to discounts. To register your interest in receiving the DTG Bulletin please click the button below.

Sign up Today
Contact us