Four in Ten U.S. Consumers Watch Broadband/Mobile TV at Least Once Monthly

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 
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But Still Spend the Vast Majority of TV Time on Traditional Sets

LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Data from Horowitz Associates’ annual Broadband Content and Services (BCS) survey of 800 U.S. internet users reveal that 44% watch actual, not user generated, TV content at least once monthly, including viewing online and on handheld devices.

Portending future growth of viewing on alternative platforms, incidence of TV consumption on the computer/ handheld devices is already ubiquitous among young people, with 82% of 15-17 year olds surveyed viewing at least monthly. On handheld devices alone, half (48%) of online young people surveyed report watching TV content at least monthly, doubling from 24% last year.

Consumption of TV content on alternative platforms varies by genre, with news topping the chart among adult Internet users, and music videos topping the chart among 15-17 year olds. Sports, kids’ content, and movies are the genres least likely to be viewed on a platform other than traditional TV.

News video segment, Movie preview/trailer, Entire TV show, Preview/Video segment of TV show, Music videos, Video segment of sports event, Movies, Video segments of sports news, Content for children, Adults 18+, Kids

While incidence and sampling of alternative TV platforms has apparently reached mass market proportions, the actual percent of TV content consumed on alternative platforms remains small. According to the Horowitz study, of all the hours Internet users say they spend watching TV programs, about 4% of TV time is on a platform other than a TV set — 2% on a PC/laptop and 2% on a handheld — with the vast majority (96%) still consumed via the traditional television platform.

“It’s important to keep in perspective that when all is said and done, consumers are still spending only a very small amount of their total TV time on alternative platforms,” notes Adriana Waterston, VP of Marketing for the research firm. “But, we anticipate that multiplatform TV viewing will continue to grow — especially among young people — as the technology improves towards a more authentic and convenient TV experience, and with programmers and aggregators actively promoting themselves on these platforms.”