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With millions more people across the UK and Ireland working or studying from home in light of the restrictions set to contain the Coronavirus, data registered by Netgem TV has shown shows a record amount of TV streaming usage.
Netgem Infographic SafeatHome 2April2020
In all, the live and on-demand platform saw a 40% consumption increase across free and paid content including that of Amazon Prime, YouTube, Freeview channels and catch-up services.

Noting that its platform has observed constant growth month-over-month since its launch in the UK and Ireland back in 2018, tit said that the figures registered in the weeks since the World Health Organisation declared the illness to be a pandemic show the greatest spike. The 40% increase in activity represents a total increase of more than 1 hour per day spent across its free content and video-on-demand.

Not surprisingly given the need for infuriation about the virus, the analysis observed that the greatest increase revolved around the ‘news’ category. The company has seen an increase above 100% in the average hours spent by viewers watching news channels over a seven-day period, compared with that of the same dates in January.

Access to YouTube content through Netgem TV also experienced a significant increase. Hours spent by Netgem TV users on the YouTube channel have increased by 50%. The company suggests that many of these hours could also be related to staying informed around the latest news regarding Covid-19. In addition when compared with the January figures, consumption of content through YouTube Kids, PopFun, CBeebies and CITV has increased by 12%. At a time in which kids content consumption is widely spread across many platforms, Netgem says that overall kids’ consumption being registered is unprecedented and could easily be surpassing the figures registered during school holiday periods soon.

In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, the platform has launched Safe@Home, an initiative that brings together content in one place to provide viewers with a simplified way to stay entertained, informed, fit, educated and busy while at home. Viewers can now find their bingeable TV shows, kids programming from Freeview Play, learning and exercise YouTube channels — such as Joe Wicks and SciShow — News channels, documentaries and special offers from premium content partners including free Amazon Kids content.

“It is during times like these that it becomes evident that Entertainment platforms and services need to be offering a full package with a wide content selection that caters for the whole family commented Sylvain Thevenot, managing director of Netgem TV. “While it is necessary to stay informed, it is equally important to engage with appealing stories that help us escape the daily routine and keep the youngest entertained.”