At a time when the Great British Public is spending an unprecedented amount of time indoors, everyone has had to change and adapt how they are living their lives. It’s no surprise that Brits are consuming more TV, more apps and using more broadband.

Here Sky reveals what TV shows are keeping Brits informed and entertained; how daily routines have evolved with no commute or gym classes, and importantly, how people are staying connected with friends and family.

Changing behaviors

Sky has seen the highest ever TV viewing among its customers, an increase of almost a third. With more time at home, Brits are watching on average an extra 72 minutes of TV a day, equating to a grand total of 5.5 hours.

This rise is even greater for younger age groups reversing the decline in TV viewing seen in recent years with 16-34 year olds watching 45% more TV, an extra 85 minutes a day.

App usage on Sky Q has increased by almost 70% including growth from Netflix and an increase in first-time users on YouTube - with gyms, restaurants and theaters out of action, those with a passion for fine foods, fitness and the arts are having to turn online.

With no commute people are also watching TV earlier than usual, with the peak viewing time for live TV now an hour earlier at 8pm. Viewing on demand has risen across the day with spikes around 9am, as people no doubt tune into Joe Wicks morning PE classes, and between 2-4pm, suggesting that kids are catching up on TV at the end of the home-schooling day.

And with staying connected being more important than ever, people are having to look to new ways to speak and see their loved ones. Interestingly people are returning to more traditional modes of contact resulting in a 60% increase in voice calls made by Sky Mobile customers with people speaking on average for more than an hour per week.

And with a lot of people working from home and more On Demand viewing, Sky Broadband usage was up 33% year-on-year in March 2020.

What people are watching

There has been a ‘boxset effect’ with an increase of 26% of people turning to the beloved boxset with 123m downloads. Across Sky households, there was an increase of 28% in the number of downloads for Sky boxsets (total 34m), the BBC saw an increase of 28% (total 22m) and All 4 downloads grew by 66% (total 11m).

Requests to access content via apps such as Netflix and You Tube through Sky Q have increased by a third with over 50million requests.

With parents needing to keep their little ones entertained, viewing to kids on demand content has increased by 40% with Henry Danger, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Where’s Wally among the top show’s keeping them occupied.

Other notable increases have seen Sky Cinema viewing rise by 45% with Rocketman and Secret Life of Pets the most popular non terrestrial shows on air. With people unable to get their fix of live culture, Sky Arts has also seen an increase of 55%, with live performances from Elvis, Queen and Johnny Cash proving the most popular.

The UK has become a nation of news bingers as everyone tries to stay informed; Sky News has seen a 230% increase in viewing and lunch time news bulletins have seen the biggest uplift, BBC News at One is up by 70% and ITV news is up by 53%.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Interestingly, we’re not just seeing viewers watch comedies or old classics to escape these uncertain times, but watching a broad mix of genres including chewy premium dramas and cinematic comedy as well as more escapist TV.

“We’re seeing that people are looking for variety in lockdown, no longer able to go to their weekly yoga class or their favorite restaurant, Brits are being imaginative, looking at ways to recreate their favorite pastimes at home.

“Importantly, people are doing what they can to stay in touch with loved ones, with a rise in traditional calls.”