TELLY ON DEMAND SERVICE Netflix says over half of all Brits are likely to indulge in some festive viewing this Christmas holiday, and that a decent whack of them will sidle off to do it on their own.
These on-our-own-anists will have had enough of their families, the firm says, and will sneak off to their bedrooms for "respite". Netflix says that 45 percent of the "average Brits" polled will endure three hours of family time before popping off to watch an episode of Breaking Bad or something.
Betsy Sund, a communications manager at Netflix, said: "Christmas is a great time to get the family together, and in front of the TV is still everyone's favourite place to do it. But the way we watch TV has changed so much in recent years. Tablets are one of the fastest-growing ways to watch Netflix, which means we can watch what we want, where we want – and with whom we want.
"It seems we are using technology as bit of [an] escape hatch, grabbing a portable device and a bit of time out from the family Christmas pressure cooker, as well as a way of bringing the family together."
For 58 percent of people, however, the gathering together to watch a film or a TV show is the highlight of their Christmas Day. It is possible that these people are not fans of presents, carols, or indeed, turkey.
Netflix also took the opportunity to ask who people would most like to watch television with. Ladies plumped for the duo Ant and Dec, and chaps went for Holly Willoughby.
Perhaps unrelated, is the revelation that one in ten people are locking themselves in toilets with a tablet or phone for a ‘breather'.
Netflix is adding the Dreamworks animated series called Turbo Fast to its list of content on Christmas Eve. µ
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