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Sky Movies is launching a dedicated Christmas-themed pop-up channel for the festive period, ideal for families looking forward to some December TV time.

Throughout next month, Sky Drama/Romance is being rebranded as Sky Movies Christmas, with the channel moving up to number 303 on the Sky planner.

From December 1st, consumers with a Sky TV and broadband bundle will be able to watch all their favourite festive films, both at the scheduled time and - for those who connect their Sky box to their broadband router - on-demand.

Sky Movies Christmas will air 42 films during the month, including favourites such as Will Ferrell's 'Elf', 'Miracle on 34th Street' featuring Richard Attenborough, and Arnie classic caper 'Jingle All The Way'.

'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation', 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'Home Alone: The Holiday Heist' will be among the other movies to air on the special pop-up channel.

Sky Movies Christmas will be just one of many options for viewers during the holiday season - however a new uSwitch study suggests the wide range of choice could cause problems in some households.

The research showed that, on average, UK families watch more than three hours of TV during Christmas day, and 25 per cent of these argue about what to watch.

For many people, the Queen's Speech is must-see TV, while others want to check out Sky Movies or even 'Noel's Christmas Presents'.

Fortunately, the availability of on-demand TV and catch-up services should resolve the tensions in 23 per cent of cases, while 26 per cent of families will opt to watch television in different rooms.

And 12 per cent of survey respondents said they will watch festive films or TV on a tablet or laptop this year, taking advantage of their Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection.

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