Irish people spend up to 6 hours watching television on Christmas Day – Virgin Media

73% of Irish people say sitting down with the family to watch television is a major part of Christmas

 

 

18th December: 70% of Irish people will spend up to six hours watching television on Christmas day new research carried out by Virgin Media has revealed.  12% of people will watch more than 6 hours of television on Christmas day, with 91% of people choosing to watch Christmas content on television.

 

The research, which was carried out by iReach on behalf of Virgin Media survived over 1,000 Irish people over the age of 18 on their viewing habits around the Christmas and New Year period.

 

Unsurprisingly, the research carried out by Virgin Media also revealed we’re a nation of sentimental traditionalists with 73% of respondents saying that sitting down with the family is a major part of Irish Christmas tradition. When it came to finding out what kind of content people were watching the result was a bit more split, 17% of us will tune into a soap or drama over the Christmas period which bodes well for soap addicts as Virgin Media One will have hour-long specials of both Coronation Street and Emmerdale on Christmas Day.

 

When we looked at what other type of content people were watching, a whopping 49% of us will sit down to watch a movie over the festive season, with hundreds of family favourites to choose from on Virgin Media’s On Demand platform and plenty available across Virgin Media Television this Christmas.  

 

When asked what their favourite Christmas movie was, 42% chose ‘Home Alone’ as their Christmas classic, with one in four of us choosing ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ – both available to rent on Virgin Media On Demand if you’re looking for your fix this Christmas.

 

Paul Higgins, Director of Consumer at Virgin Media said “It’s comforting to know that in the age of smart phones and other devices, sitting down with our families in front of a television to watch a movie is still one our nation’s favourite tradition at Christmas time. Whether people are watching movies, soap, news or sports, television plays a key role in the Irish household over the festive period which is why Virgin Media customers will be spoiled for choice over this coming festive period not only with the amazing choice available on Virgin Media Television, but with the hundreds of boxsets and movies available through Virgin Media On Demand.”

 

Other information which the research revealed includes:

 

-        16% of Irish people will watch over 6 movies during the festive period, with 78% watching between 1-6 movies. Only 6% of those who will sit down to watch television over the festive season won’t watch a movie.

-        When it comes to what other devices people are watching their content on over the Christmas period, 23% will watch content on a smartphone or tablet and 21% will watch it on a desktop or laptop.

 

ENDS

 

Further Information

 

Anna-Maria Barry, Virgin Media

T: (086) 227 2072

E: annamaria.barry@virginmedia.ie

 

 

Movies to Rent via Virgin Media On Demand

 

Christmas Theme Movies

Home Alone

Home Alone 2

Home Alone 3

A Doggone Christmas

A Christmas Carol (Disney)

The Holiday

Love Actually

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street

Jingle All The Way

Jingle All the Way 2

Deck the Halls

A Merry Friggin Christmas (cert 15)

My Christmas Pony

Northpole: Open for Christmas

Santa’s Boot Camp

Wizard’s Christmas

Wizard’s Christmas, The Return

Krampus

The Star

Cbeebies: The Snow Queen

 

 

New Movies

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Incredibles 2

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

Book Club

Solo A Star Wars Story (end date 23/12)

Deadpool 2

Dublin Old School

Darkest Minds

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Mission: Impossible Fall Out

Realms

The Equalizer 2

BlackkKlansmann

Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy

 

New Releases (Christmas Week)

Black 47 (26/12)

Kin 26/12

The Happy Time Murders (26/12)

 

Blockbusters

Avatar

Titanic

Daddy’s Home

Bridget Jones’ Baby

Catch Me If You Can

Independence Day

Independence Day Resurgence

Slumdog Millionaire

There’s Something About Mary

Kingdom of Heaven

XMen Franchise

Fantastic Four Franchise

King Kong

Deadpool  1 & 2

 

Family Movies Non Christmas Themed

Incredibles 1 & 2

Toy Story 1-3

Secret Life of Pets

Ice age Franchise

Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl

Despicable Me 1 & 2

Paddington 1 & 2

Hunger Games Franchise

Beethoven

Harry & The Hendersons

Back to the Future

Chronicles of Narnia Lion the Witch & The Wardrobe Wreck it Ralph

 

 

NOTES TO EDITOR:

 

Movies on Virgin Media One

 

Movie

Time & Date

MARIAN KEYES’ WATERMELON

 

SATURDAY 22nd DEC, 9PM

A DATE FOR MAD MARY

 

SUNDAY 23rd DEC, 9PM

 

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 10.30AM

 

YOGI BEAR

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 4.15PM

 

ONE CHRISTMAS EVE

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 11PM

 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

 

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 10.30AM  

THE WIZARD OF OZ

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 4.05PM

BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY

 

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 9.15PM

CASPER

 

WEDNESDAY 26th DEC, 10.30AM

 

BABE

WEDNESDAY 26th DEC, 3.30PM

 

THE COMMITMENTS

WEDNESDAY 26th DEC, 9PM

 

LOCK UP

 

FRIDAY 28th DEC , 10PM

 

HALF LIGHT

 

SATURDAY 29th DEC,9PM

 

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

 

SUNDAY 30th  DEC, PM

 

50 FIRST DATES 

 

MONDAY 31st DEC, 9.30PM

 

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODERICK RULES

 

TUESDAY 01st JAN, 10.30AM

IRISH TV MOVIE PREMIERE: LIVE.DIE.REPEAT: EDGE OF TOMORROW

 

TUESDAY 01st JAN, 10PM

PAUL BLART: MALL COP

 

FRIDAY 04th JAN, 10PM

 

 

Movies on Virgin Media Two

 

 

Movie

Time & Date

CHICKEN RUN

 

SATURDAY 22nd DEC, 5PM

 

RUSH HOUR 2

 

SATURDAY 22nd DEC, 10PM

 

PASSENGER 57

 

SUNDAY 23rd DEC, 10PM

 

THE CASSANDRA CROSSING

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 10AM

 

A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 12.30PM

 

SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 6PM

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROUGE NATION

 

MONDAY 24th DEC, 9PM

 

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

 

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 12PM

 

IRISH TV MOVIE PREMIERE ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP

 

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 6PM

 

MOVIE THREE KINGS

 

TUESDAY 25th DEC, 9PM

 

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

 

WEDNESDAY 26th DEC, 12PM

 

LETHAL WEAPON 3

 

WEDNESDAY 26th DEC, 10PM

 

TRAINING DAY

THURSDAY 27th DEC, 9PM

 

KUNG FU PANDA

 

FRIDAY 28th DEC, 6PM

 

INTO THE BLUE

SATURDAY 29th DEC, 5.30PM

 

PASSANGER 57

SATURDAY 29th DEC, 11PM

 

SCOOBY-DOO 2: UNLEASHED

 

SUNDAY 30th DEC, 1PM

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION

SUNDAY 30th DEC, 11PM

 

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS

MONDAY 31st DEC, 2PM

 

JUST HENRY

TUESDAY 01st JAN, 11.30AM

HUSBAND FOR HIRE

TUESDAY 01st JAN, 11.30AM