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Nielsen: Traditional TV still dominates

June 11, 2013

In its Q1 Cross Platform Report Nielsen says that, despite a small dip on last year, traditional live TV remains dominant while streaming and mobile video use is growing but still small in comparison.

“Still vibrant, traditional TV is thriving as viewers continue to go to their sets for entertainment and information that appeals to them. In fact, traditional TV viewing has grown year-over-year among the total population,” Dounia Turrill, Nielsen’s senior VP of insight, notes in the report.

The number of people watching traditional TV was 282.949 million, down from 283,302 in the first quarter of 2012. The number of people watching time-shifted TV rose to 166.088 million from 145.553 million.

As the popularity of mobile devices rise, computer use is down. The number of people watching video on the Internet was 155.169 million, down from 162.523 million, while the number of people watching video on a portbale device jumped to 45.319 million from 35.957 million.

Time spent watching traditional TV increased slightly in the first quarter, to 157 hours and 32 minutes per month from 155:46 a year ago, according to the report. Time spent watching time-shifted TV rose to 13:23 from 12.09. Use of DVD and Blu Ray devices dropped to 5:56 from 6:07.

Time spent watching video on the Internet jumped to 8:20 per month and time spent watching video on a mobile phone rose to 5:01 from 4:29.

The group doing the most watching of video on mobile phones was younger viewers. Adults 18-24 watch 27 minutes of video on mobile phones per week. Teens 12-17 watched video for 25 minutes on their phones. Among adults 25-35, the total was 23 minutes per week. Video viewing on phones dropped to almost half that among adults 25-49, and fell even more sharply among old viewers.

Those young viewers still watch a lot of TV. Adults 18 to 24 watched 23 hours and 24 minutes of traditional TV. Time spent viewing traditional TV grew as viewers got older.

The group watching the most time-shifted TV was adults 35-49, who spent 3:42 per week on delayed programming. Those viewers also watched 34:18 in traditional TV.

Nielsen said the number of home with broadcast only delivery in the first quarter rose to 11.173 million from 11.067 million a year ago. The number of wired cable homes fell to 57.161 million from 59.807 million, while satellite rose to 34.907 million homes from 34.567million and telco rose to 10.318 million.

That left the total number of multichannel homes at 102,386 million in the quarter, down from 103,264 million, according to Nielsen.

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