Around four-fifths (84%) use a remote control, 11% a smartphone and 5 a tablet, according to a survey by the Telecompaper Consumer Panel.
Young people were more interested in using mobile devices to control the TV. Over one in five (23%) of teens said they would use their phone to change channels, as well as 14% of 20 year-olds and 18 percent of 30 year-olds. The figure was only 5% for over-50s.
The 65-80 year-olds were the only group to prefer a tablet over a smartphone for controlling the TV. This is in line with the popularity of tablets in this age group, as they are already more likely to own a tablet than a smartphone.