Fam­ily view­ing isn’t dead – but it is very dif­fer­ent

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Anita Singh Arts And En­ter­tain­ment Edi­tor

THE con­cept of fam­ily view­ing is alive and well – ex­cept each mem­ber of the fam­ily is watch­ing a dif­fer­ent pro­gramme on a separate screen.

A sur­vey has found that one third of peo­ple say mem­bers of their house­hold sit to­gether as a fam­ily in the same room to watch their favourite shows. But while par­ents watch tele­vi­sion, one child might be stream­ing a show on a lap­top and an­other may have head­phones plugged into their mo­bile phone.

The trans­for­ma­tion of fam­ily view­ing is de­tailed in Of­com’s an­nual re­port, which also called the coun­try “box-set Bri­tain”, with peo­ple able to “binge­watch” se­ries via catch-up ser­vices.

Four fifths of those sur­veyed said they watched back-to-back episodes of a se­ries, with one third ad­mit­ting they do so even though it means stay­ing up late and feel­ing tired. For younger viewers, binge-watch­ing is driven by the fear of see­ing “spoil­ers” on so­cial me­dia.

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