The must-have gadget this Christmas is… a TV?

The rise of smartphones, tablets and subscription services like Netflix and Now TV may have hurt traditional TV, but it’s not down and out just yet. According to a new poll, a new TV set is the most desired gadget this Christmas.

The poll of 1,000 was conducted by the Radio Times, and revealed that 44% of Britons consider a telly set their most desired Christmas tech gift. In comparison, only 16% of people said they couldn't live without their phone.

The TV's an important gadget to have because, according to the survey, 42% of people watch more than five hours of TV on Christmas Day. That said, the majority - 70% - do switch it off while they eat Christmas dinner or open presents.

Four in five respondents to the Radio Times survey said that they watch TV as a family, and only a fifth use on demand services like iPlayer or Netflix.

Tim Glanfield, the editor of, said: "There is no doubt that the way we consume TV is changing at an electric pace, with more quality content available to us on more platforms than ever before.

"However, it's interesting to see that Christmas Day seems to buck the trend, remaining a day dominated by live viewing, event TV, collective experiences and family favourites.

"Even though the option is there to disappear off with a tablet or a phone and your favourite show on-demand, it appears the argument between family members over who holds the remote control is still happening at least one day a year!"

Of course, it's important to acknowledge that this research comes from the Radio Times, which is very much on traditional TV's side, but it's nice to see that some people still appreciate good ol' fashioned TV.

Source: The Telegraph

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