YouView popularity wanes

humax-youviewA national survey conducted by AlphaWise and quoted by Morgan Stanley, states that enthusiasm for UK free-to-view digital service YouView has tumbled. “The proportion of consumers indicating that they are very/somewhat likely to adopt YouView has fallen from 14 per cent to 9 per cent since May,” says AlphaWise.  AlphaWise concludes that they continue to regard YouView as posing a limited threat to BSkyB’s customer base.

Looking at the overall difference in intentions between May 2013 and Sept 2013, then the “very likely” to switch has fallen from just 3  per cent of respondents to 2 per cent. The “somewhat likely” category falls from 11  per cent to 7  per cent, while the “very unlikely” rose from 36  per cent to 38  per cent.

AlphaWise says: “YouView launched in Summer 2012, and our survey found that acceptance levels remain low. Only 2 per cent of respondents said they were “very likely” to use YouView in September (down from 3 per cent in May). Most viewers of BT Sport do so either on the cable or satellite platforms as opposed to a BT YouView box.”

AlphaWise had 3,559 respondents participate in the survey which took place from Sept 6-20. To qualify for the survey, respondents had to have a TV set and broadband internet connection at home. The survey sample is representative of the UK population in terms of gender, age, region and income.

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