66% say Die Hard ISN’T a Christmas Movie
in new survey by Virgin Media

Downton Abbey is the ideal binge watch boxset and Home Alone is top Christmas movie

15th December 2015- In a new survey by Virgin Media, 66% of people said that they thought Die Hard wasn’t a Christmas movie. A regular in the TV seasonal schedules, the action-packed Bruce Willis thriller was deemed to be a festive flick by just 38% of men and only 17% of women.

In a poll of 1,000 people conducted by Amarach Research, it was revealed that Downton Abbey is our ideal boxset to binge watch this Christmas, followed by Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. Mrs Brown’s Boys and Love Hate rounded out the top 5.

The survey also revealed that we have a soft spot for Kevin McCallister as Christmas comedy ‘Home Alone’ comes out on top as our all-time favourite Christmas movie. Coming in a distant second was ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ starring the one and only Richard Attenborough, while third place went to Tim Allen’s ‘The Santa Clause’. The top three were followed closely by new family favourite, ‘Elf’ and old Christmas classic, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

Memorable TV moments this year had a sporting theme with the Rugby World Cup Final taking top spot, followed by Ireland’s qualification for the European Championship in second place, and Ireland versus Germany in the soccer a close third.

Shane Loughrey-Grant, Product Delivery Manager, Virgin Media Ireland said, “Christmas is a great time for watching TV and movies. There is always some fantastic content across the schedules but it seems that some classics will always be on people’s lists. However, boxsets are becoming even more popular now with many families looking forward to a back-to-back viewing session of their favourite shows. Though in many homes it seems there will be a continued debate on whether or not Bruce Willis’ Die Hard is actually a true Christmas movie.”

Highlights of the survey include:

• 66% of Irish people do not think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. 38% of men and 17% of women said that it was a Christmas movie. Those aged 25-34 were most likely to say that it was a Christmas movie (45%).


• The number 1 choice of boxset for an ideal binge-watch was Downton Abbey followed closely by Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Love Hate.


• Home Alone came out on top as the public’s all-time favourite Christmas movie, followed in second place by Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Claus in third place.

• The Rugby World Cup Final was chosen as top TV moment of 2015, Ireland qualifying for the European Championship in second place, Ireland’s win over Germany in third, Game of Thrones Season 5 finale in fourth and the Late Late Toy Show in fifth.


Virgin Media recently introduced Replay TV which is a fantastic new service where Horizon TV customers can scroll back through their on-screen TV guide for a full seven days of replay on their favourite programmes. With the new Startover function, Horizon TV viewers who miss the start of a show can select a ‘Play from Start’ option and the programme will automaticlly replay from the beginning.

In December, there’s plenty for Virgin Media customers to feast on, combining the latest TV technology with an unbeatable line up of entertainment, movies and sport.



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