Most TV viewers prefer to binge-watch alone

“Binge-watching” is becoming the most common way to watch favourite television programmes, with many viewers shunning their families to do it alone, figures claim.

Game Of Thrones is a favourite for binge-watching. Picture: AP

Research by telecoms firm Arris found that 67 per cent of people in the UK admit to binge-watching a TV show – ie, watching several episodes in one sitting, whether on DVD or via an online or catch-up service – with the average viewer doing so for more than three hours a week.

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More than three-fifths (61 per cent) choose to do it alone, taking advantage of the increasingly personal nature of many online streaming and catch-up services.

Data from the Sky TV Store suggested that its subscribers will spend six days watching fantasy drama Game Of Thrones this winter.