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Are you a ‘Silver Streamer’?

Has the tide finally begun to turn? Has lockdown changed us all into streamers instead of traditional scheduled TV viewers? If the statistics are to be believed, then it rather looks like it may have.

It has been reported that time spent viewing content on screens went up by nearly a third in April 2020 compared to the previous year, with Britons viewing an average of six hours 25 minutes a day. Predictably, lockdown accelerated the streaming revolution with approximately 12 million viewers signing up to on-demand services.

The rise in our viewing times during lockdown was chiefly facilitated by on-demand platforms. These made up a viewing average of 71 minutes per day at its peak (or 2 hours among 16 to 34 year olds).

Traditional scheduled television giants such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 did enjoy a viewing boost at the start of lockdown as, at first, people looked for reliable information and sought out programmes they knew. However, this upturn in traditional viewing did not last as popular series such as EastEnders and Coronation Street suffered disruption in production and significant sporting fixtures such as the European Championships, Wimbledon and the Olympics were cancelled and by June, the combined monthly share of broadcast TV viewing among the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 fell to 55 per cent, its lowest level in a year.

The up take in streaming during the pandemic may not have been unexpected but what is significant is the sheer number of over 50’s, previously content to watch broadcast television, who have signed up.

In fact, a third of these Silver Streamers (55 to 64 year olds) used subscription streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime video in the first few weeks of lockdown, compared with a quarter previously.

So, it appears the over 50’s have finally bitten the bullet, got to grips with streaming and are rather enjoying it.

Do you still watch traditional scheduled television, or have you been bitten by the streaming bug?

Are you a 'Silver Streamer'?

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SteveD4384
1 days ago
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def watch more catch up tv as I find daily tv so boring ,game shows soaps and celebrity based rubbish.
Casualgrey
30th Aug 2020
0
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Still looking for that Carol Kirkwood smiling looka like . How many hour do I have to use before I find one . Perhaps it's because I can't find the right speciality site.
Tr1sh
23rd Aug 2020
0
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Probably. I certainly watched more Netflix during lockdown than at any other time.
Irene88
22nd Aug 2020
0
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Go online but no more than I did before lockdown and I don't shop online if I can help it. I have better things to do in life, but as I write a newsletter for the over50's in Sheffield I do collect a lot of useful information by email.
sparrer
22nd Aug 2020
0
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Far too occupied with productive interests than to spend my life in front of the television or the computer. More than 1 1/2 - 2 hours a day and my head goes into a fog.
Felix1
21st Aug 2020
2
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I,m not a silver streamer, whatever that is, but my husband has the tv on from 10.a.m. until 01.a.m. I am sick of american crime. Sick of adverts. At the moment we are barraged by insurance and funeral plans during the day and , if evening advertising is anything to go by, women are incontinent, constipated, need help finding menstrual aids, and whirl around like dervishes. If I was a bloke all this would put me off women completely. Is nothing private anymore. I see now they are advertising underwear to stop chafing at top of blokes legs. A very well endowed man strutting around showing his crown jewels. Bleurgh.
viking
23rd Aug 2020
0
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Mary Whitehouse would turn in her grave !
Nowadays if a person had no understanding of the bits and pieces of the opposite sex then they could watch the TV and pick up all the useful tips !!
Nan
21st Aug 2020
0
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The next season of the Crown is about to appear on Netflix
Zyggy3
15th Aug 2020
0
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Only watch the News now. Sometimes watch old series on iplayer. It’s usually Netflix and Amazon Prime.
revrickyb
10th Aug 2020
0
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Been streaming for years, I refuse to pay the BBC license fee.
PSS49
8th Aug 2020
0
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Started streaming more during Lockdown. Had Prime for trial period but much prefer Netflix.

However, there has been some great streaming to be done on iplayer and the other channels. Loved Grayon's Art Club on 4. Currently on my final episode of Spooks on iplayer..
seniorsummer
8th Aug 2020
1
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Started streaming more as a Prime subscriber.
Fed up with watching repeats of repeats on ‘normal’ tv channels. Some programmes are shown one day and repeated the next day. I could understand if it was the only way to catch up on something you missed, but really? in this age of catch up channels and the ability to record, why would anyone want to watch another repeat?
Seems to be all celebrity cookery, travel, quiz and viewer participation/ reality programmes.There is only so much of these programmes a person can take before sinking into a mind numbing stupor.
viking
8th Aug 2020
3
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These streaming channels provide a much needed alternative diversion, however they are intended for the wealthy citizens of this country. Those who are on limited incomes cannot afford those luxurys, instead try to put food on the table which is more important.
As for the fall off from the majors of viewing figures, one does not have to be a mathmatics graduate to work out why this has happened. Recently seeing a fleeting glance of some of the actors who are now appearing in repeats from 30 years ago must be cringe making for them.
So the BBC is so short of money ?? Oh really !! How many people are involved in putting on screen a 30 year old repeat of a repeat of a repeat ???
OAP's to now pay for their privilege of watching this type of dross ??
seniorsummer
8th Aug 2020
1
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Totally agree with you. With the amount of repeats, why are the BBC saying they’re short of money? About time the top brass were taken to account for their eye watering wage packets, and the beeb started showing adds and get rid of the license fee altogether! They won’t do that though, because of all the millions that us license fee payers generate for their deep pockets!
PeterC62
7th Aug 2020
3
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Stopped watching broadcast media shortly after getting internet access. BBC, ITV and far more are online - why waste time looking at a talking head when the words are online?
trolleywally
7th Aug 2020
1
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Should try a subscription to Amazon prime as you get in addition to movies/video’s,Music,included postage and packaging,photo storage,Borrow books and other benefits. I have a range of Amazon Alexa Echoes around the house.As I like my music with out the DJ chatter and advertising and my Films/movie’s and videos.
Taichi
6th Aug 2020
2
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Don’t watch tv or stream. Have nt enough time to do other things. So much to learn too. 73 and still learning.
MrsPat
6th Aug 2020
4
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Yes my whole family are "Silverstreamers" if that is the new term for watching Netflix et al instead of crusty old BBC and ITV. What a difference TV is now days. We watch what we want when we want and we all love it in my house.
ArchieUK
6th Aug 2020
4
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I like the channels on Freeview there is a lot of nostalgic programs but more than enough for me.
Bald123
5th Aug 2020
4
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Most definitely and proud of it. Why on earth would I go to the local cinema. Have not been for years when I can sit in my own cinema and choose such a wonderful selection of films and programms.
Munsterlander
5th Aug 2020
5
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Yes we have been "Silver Streamers" for years and love these channels. When I was a kid we had BB1/2 and ITV in black and white-boring. Saturday night was horrific. I wish I had been born 50 years later but hey ho.
Wilf
5th Aug 2020
4
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We watch BBC news and some excellent services such as "The Murdochs" but Netflix and Amazon are excellent for films
jeffsoo
5th Aug 2020
4
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Yes, I use both Netflix and Amazon Prime because the standard of terrestrial TV is absolute rubbish apart from News programmes.
Lionel
5th Aug 2020
6
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Oh no. I spend quite enough time in front of the TV just watching a news programme or documentary. There's a pressing need to get things done in the garden, around the house.

Having said that I can quite understand people like my wife, who is permanently incapacitated, making full use of her recliner and watching TV. It's just doesn't do much for me.
wishyouwerehear
5th Aug 2020
6
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I try a little of everything, as the saying goes.If you don't keep up with things ,you get left behind.
Silver Streaming here i come.!!!
Valleyman
5th Aug 2020
6
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Defund the BBC! Seriously, Jimmy Saville's crew have had their day. Sort it Boris!
Marley444
5th Aug 2020
4
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I am absolutely a Silver Streamer! Partly due to our TV remote for BT not working, partly due to lockdown and that there are very few new TV programs on air and mostly because I prefer to watch a season of something on Netflix or iPlayer ... we don't have Sky - just BT Vision.
Bald123
5th Aug 2020
3
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We used to have sky but it was all rubbish

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