During 2020, only 66 percent of the Portuguese aged between 16 and 74 watched television or videos (including films and series) via streaming, which is below the average of 74 percent in the European Union.
The figures from Eurostat found that Portugal is the fifth country in the European Union (EU) where the fewest people watched television or videos through streaming services in 2020.
From streaming to video games, the Eurostat study found that 38 percent of Portuguese in the same extended age group used the internet to play or download games last year, a percentage that leaves Portugal in 8th place in the table among the 27 Member States and above the EU average of 34 percent. Both rankings are led by the Netherlands.
Services such as Netflix, HBO or Disney+ were most viewed in the Netherlands and Cyprus (95 percent), followed by Finland and Malta, both with 93 percent. The lowest levels of take-up in the EU were recorded in Romania (37 percent) and Bulgaria (44 percent).
In the case of games, the Netherlands surpassed the other countries of the community bloc in 2020, with 56 percent of the population involved in this type of entertainment, followed by Malta and Denmark, with 47 percent. The lowest percentages belong again to Bulgaria, with 16 percent, and also to Poland (19 percent).
Because the Netflix is expensive as hell for a Portuguese salary...
By Duarte Cunha Da Silva from Açores on 28 Aug 2021, 12:06
Of course, we can barely pay heat and food, tv is superficial. Also we are a bit conservative, and netflix pushes a lot to the gay side/sex and nudity. But yes, paying 50 eur month for a mandatory tv and phone and net subscription, with a 600 eur wage, and still 10 more for netflix, 10 for hbo, etc, it is absurd.
By Pedro from Lisbon on 28 Aug 2021, 17:00
I already pay x amount for cable, why would I pay plus y for Disney and z for HBO? I can't afford it. And Disney is even worse, for just released movie, still have to pay an extra ????
Prices need to be adjusted to countries salary.
By Nuno Cruz from Lisbon on 28 Aug 2021, 20:03
It's scandalous how expensive the internet and streaming services are in Portugal. Soon it will all be taxed extra. The cult and drive to poverty has no end in sight.
By kimi from Algarve on 29 Aug 2021, 11:53
Haha, not that surprising.
To paraphrase Bezegol's Lyrics for "Fora da Lei" - "A ganhar quinhento com um vida de seiscento. Tudo tem aumento menos os salários, são assembleias a fazer de nós otarios. venham mais salafrários, chulos e aldrabões, quando o mar bate na rocha quem se lixa são os mexilhões"
By João from Porto on 29 Aug 2021, 12:58
Mandatory TV? Is that true? I have been looking at internet deals in Portugal and at least I have seen mentions of packages that exclude TV and are internet only. Would be a real bummer having to pay for TV while only needing the internet.
By K. Lehto from Other on 01 Sep 2021, 14:58