TV viewing migrating away from main TV

DisplaySearch has released its Global TV Replacement Study examining consumer TV replacement cycles around the globe. The report also indicates how TVs are being used by consumers and identifies their alternate means for watching TV content. It finds many consumers are starting to use non-traditional mediums for viewing TV or video programing, mostly via the Internet. PCs, both desktops and notebooks, were the primary devices used for watching video content aside from the TV. This was the case for at least 40 per cent of consumers in every country, but substantially higher in some countries, like urban China, Indonesia, Russia and Turkey.

There was also a small, but notable, number of consumers using mobile devices to view content. Specifically, in the US, about 11 per cent of consumers are using mobile phones or smart phones to view video content. Mobile device use in Japan, Indonesia, India, Brazil and China was significantly higher, especially in the case of China. Some of these regions have a better developed mobile infrastructure than traditional TV broadcast system. Therefore, some consumers flock to mobile devices for viewing first.

Nevertheless, as expected, the primary TV in households, regardless of region, is mostly found in the living room. This TV is usually the largest in the home too, reflecting the communal nature of watching TV. In addition, the head of household bedroom, also known as the master bedroom in some countries, is the main location for the second TV in the home. Despite this, in some countries, such as Italy, India, Turkey and Russia, there is a fairly high incidence of TVs in rooms where people tend to congregate, like kitchens and dining rooms. This is especially true of households with higher numbers of occupants, sometimes multi-generational, where some viewers are watching different programming simultaneously.

The report also provides analysis of how consumers are watching TV, finding that it varies greatly by country. Only the US, Mexico, India and China had a strong preference for cable as the source for TV programming, while antenna was a preferred source of broadcasting by consumers in the UK, Japan, Italy, Indonesia and France. This is likely due to a lack of affordable or quality cable or satellite services, and also a preference for free programing.

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