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Traditional television habits still dominate Christmas Day

Brits will still gather round the TV to watch linear programming

Despite the rise of streaming and catch-up, British viewers will still gather round the TV and watch linear programming on Christmas Day according to a new survey.

In a poll conducted by, 85 per cent of the 16,000 respondents said they would choose to watch TV as a family on Christmas Day, with 41 per cent admitting they watch five or more hours of telly on the day itself.

Some 62 per cent of respondents said they preferred to watch scheduled television on Christmas Day, as opposed to on-demand, with 72 per cent saying they did not use any on-demand services during the day.

“The results of our survey show that despite the popularity of digital services and streaming services every other day of the year, Christmas Day remains one of the few days when the whole family still gathers around the television to watch live TV,” said Tim Glanfield, editor of

“And its popularity doesn’t seem to be diminishing, only two per cent of people say that they don’t watch any TV on Christmas day and a staggering 17 per cent watch more than seven hours, small wonder that nearly half of them also fall asleep in front of the box!”

Further results from the survey, including when people choose to turn the TV off during Christmas Day, are on