The season of festive TV is in full swing, and there's nothing like being able to curl up in front of a film as you indulge in mince pies, mulled wine and a Christmas chocolate or two. It's a long-standing tradition and a lot of people will make the most of it in the festive break, with TV-viewing set to ramp up during Christmas week.
Research from cashback site Quidco has found that the average Brit will watch 13 films, eight soap episodes and 19 comedy shows and re-runs this Christmas, spending a total of five hours and 10 minutes per day in front of the TV from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day. That's a total of 46 hours and 30 minutes of TV-watching over the festive period - but with so much Christmas goodness on the screen, it's no wonder!
In fact, the study found that some people are even planning on upgrading their TV to make the most of the season. Around 5% had already bought a new TV for that very purpose, while a further 13% were planning to or were considering it. Given that 68% were looking forward to the Christmas TV schedule - and 11% considered it one of the best bits of Christmas - it's no surprise that so many people want a bit of extra televisual indulgence.
What about the TV package? It can be a core part of festive viewing, because without the right channels, you won't be able to make the most of everything the season has to offer. This perhaps explains why 13% plan to, or are considering, upgrading their TV packages for the festive line up, and 5% already have. After all, you wouldn't want to miss out on all those Christmas films!
However, with the cost of Christmas already putting a strain on many people's budgets, you don't want to spend a fortune on your digital entertainment. Luckily, with a bit of planning, you won't need to - comparing TV and broadband packages can ensure you're not spending over the odds, and with a lot of providers offering deals at this time of year, it could be a great time to get on board. Be on the lookout for cashback deals, too, and if you're going to indulge in anything, consider putting it on a cashback credit card for double the financial benefit.
Andy Oldham, MD for Quidco.com, commented: "Christmas is a costly time, but there are an incredible range of options available for those looking to upgrade in time for Christmas. With great cashback deals available on everything from pay-as-you-go TV packages to big screen TVs, there have never been more ways to ensure you don't miss a single minute of festive TV, whoever is in charge of the box."
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