Lockdown drives UK TV streaming customers to more than 32m

Netflix, Amazon, Disney + and others enjoy record year and now have twice as many subscribers as pay-TV

Britons spent 40% of their waking hours watching TV during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, fuelling the biggest year for new subscribers to streaming services.

The number of subscribers to the three most popular services in the UK – Netflix, Amazon and Disney+, which demonstrated perfect timing by launching in the UK on the first day of the spring lockdown – will hit 32.4 million by the end of this year. The number of subscribers to streaming services is now double the number signed up to traditional pay-TV providers such as Sky, BT and Virgin Media.

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