Figures from USwitch suggest UK viewers are watching an extra 170 hours of streaming content a week than before lockdown.

Almost half (47 per cent) said they were watching a higher proportion of streamed TV and films, with most people watching double the amount they usually do.

The figures are from a sample of 2,004 UK adults from the 17th to 19th March 2020. USwitch said results have been weighted to reflect a nationally representative criteria

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Almost half (47 per cent) said they were watching a higher proportion of streamed TV and films

Almost one in ten viewers (9.2 per cent) said they intend to pay for additional streaming services, with users now spending £15.30 a month on subscriptions, up from £12.50 in October 2019. This means that UK households are spending an extra £44 million a month on streaming services compared to October.

According to USwitch, BBC iPlayer is currently the most popular service in the UK, watched by 51 per cent of viewers, closely followed by Netflix with 49 per cent of consumers and Amazon Prime at 33 per cent.

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