TalkTalk: Phones, doors and toilets to blame for missing TV history

Did you miss Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013? Or England beating Germany 5-1 in 2001? Or any one of a bunch of big soap episodes over the years? TalkTalk says most of us have missed a moment in TV history...

Big sporting moments are the most memorable thing on the box, according to new research from TV and broadband provider TalkTalk.

From Andy Murray's Wimbledon win - ahhh the good old days - to England's unlikely 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001 - ahh, the really good old days - they're what we most remember seeing on telly.

Unfortunately, most of us have missed big TV moments. TalkTalk's research revealed 51% of the country has missed crucial moments from TV history - 35% because of the telephone ringing, 28% because of unexpected visitors at the door and 24% because they needed the toilet. It's a wonder anyone knows what's going on in Corrie…

However, the research also found that two-thirds of us now catch up on our favourite shows later at night and 39% save them for the weekend. But given that a quarter of us pretend to have seen the latest episode of a popular series just to fit in with people, it seems a lot of us still aren't taking advantage of catch-up TV.

To demonstrate how to avoid missing TV history, last Friday TalkTalk opened the first catch-up TV pub in Britain, The Cat & Catch-Up. See what they did there?

With many of World Cup matches starting at 5pm when most of us still have our noses to the grindstone or are then leaving off work, footy fans have been were missing out on the action. The Cat & Catch-Up showed France vs Germany and Brazil vs Colombia an hour and half later than they kicked off to show you can finish up at work without having to miss out on what you want to watch.

Julie Goodyear MBE, better known as landlady Bet Lynch from Coronation Street, and honorary landlady of The Cat & Catch-Up, said: "How we watch TV has changed dramatically since I first started on Coronation Street; people would ignore the telephone while major programmes were on for fear of missing out.

"Now, we can catch-up on all sports, soaps and series in our own time and even pause and rewind live TV. For big TV moments like the World Cup, people miss out on the live action by being stuck at work or because games are on too late at night. Catch-up changes all this and enables us to watch anything we've missed, whenever we want."

Of course, The Cat & Catch-Up was using TalkTalk TV. All TalkTalk TV packages include a YouView box, allowing you to watch whatever you've missed from the last seven days simply by scrolling back through the on-screen menu from the comfort of your sofa.

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