Americans hunkering down behind closed doors during the coronavirus pandemic are doing something familiar — watching a lot of TV.
In fact, time in front of the tube has “increased dramatically,” according to a Hub Entertainment Research survey released on March 24. And people who use streaming services are leading the way.
The percentage of streaming service viewers who say they are watching “a lot more today than a month ago” breaks down as follows:
By comparison, 32% of broadcast TV viewers said they are watching a lot more right now and 31% of cable TV users are tuning in a lot more.
Overall, 58% of respondents said they are staying at home as directed during the coronavirus crisis and only leaving their humble abodes to pick up necessities. And an additional 29% said they are at least spending more time at home than before and reducing contact with other people.
The survey also found that — contrary to popular perception — young people also are practicing social distancing, with 52% of those ages 16 to 24 staying home exclusively, and an additional 32% in that age group staying home more and avoiding others.
The Hub online survey was conducted March 18-19 and included more than 1,270 respondents.
More streaming TV options
Locked inside and going stir crazy? This might be a good time to add a little spice to what is undoubtedly becoming a dreary daily routine.
So, try a new streaming service and see if it’s right for you.
As we reported earlier this month, Redbox recently debuted a free TV service — Redbox Free Live TV. It features more than 30 third-party channels and three exclusive channels with movies and TV shows.
For more, check out “Redbox Debuts a Free Streaming TV Service.”
Redbox isn’t your only option. There are plenty of streaming services, and they all offer slightly different programming.
Chances are good that some services suit you — and your viewing habits — better than others. So, in addition to the options listed above, consider:
To learn more about some of the best services, check out “4 Streaming TV Services That Cost $20 a Month — or Less.”
Have you tried a streaming service? Share your experience — and tips — in comments below or on our Facebook page.