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Television industry in the United Kingdom - statistics & facts

For many years, television was the unchallenged champion when it came to daily time spent with media by consumers. However, for example the share of children in the UK using TV sets declined from nearly 100 percent in 2013 to only 68 percent as of 2019. By contrast, internet-based usage of computers and laptops increased and was used by almost three in four children that year. In 2020, the average daily television viewing time came to three hours and 12 minutes per individual. Probably due to the coronavirus with people staying at home, time spent of TV increased by nine minutes compared to the previous year.

UK’s TV industry

Television industry revenues in the United Kingdom amounted to roughly 16.27 billion British pounds in 2020. Subscription revenues and income from online TV were the two main sources, coming in at 6.2 and 3.8 billion British pounds respectively. Compared to other national markets that same year, the United Kingdom was the leading European country in terms of television channels available, followed by Russia, the Netherlands, and Turkey. On the consumer side, people from the UK spent more than half an hour less in front of the TV than the average in the European Union in 2019.

Most popular broadcasters in the UK

The most popular TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom in 2020 was public service company BBC, with an audience share of roughly 32 percent. With a market share of 4.2 percent based on revenues the oldest national broadcaster worldwide also belonged to the four largest European television groups that year. While the BBC is funded by a yearly fee paid by UK households, the free-to-air TV networks ITV and Channel 4 are financed by commercial activities, such as advertising revenues.

Rise of online video in the UK

In general, the rise and competition of video-on-demand (VOD) cannot be ignored. The number of UK households with video-on-demand subscriptions has been rapidly increasing year after year, reaching nearly 17 million UK households as of the third quarter of 2020. The revenue of broadcaster video-on-demand (BVOD) have also grown and is expected to reach a value of around 772 million British pounds in 2024. By contrast, it stood at 145 million British pounds in 2014.

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