Ericsson Charts Mobile TV Trends
STOCKHOLM -- New attitudes toward television viewing become clear in a new report from Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) ConsumerLab.
This is the fourth annual report looking at consumer trends in the TV area. Among the new findings, 72% of respondents say they use mobile devices to watch video at least weekly, and 42% of them do so outside the home. 75% of people multi-task by using mobile devices while watching TV.
Another new trend is that people are watching one piece of content across several locations and times. Ericsson ConsumerLab calls this "place-shifted viewing". And, 41% of respondents aged 65-69 watch streamed on-demand or time-shifted video more than once a week.
Anders Erlandsson, Senior Researcher at Ericsson ConsumerLab, said: "When the TV industry began talking about mobile TV, everyone assumed it was going to consist mainly of professionally-made shorter video clips. Now, we see a really interesting twist on that story. People are indeed watching shorter video sessions, but they create the video clips themselves by pausing and resuming full-length TV shows and movies whenever it suits them.
"We also noticed that there is a continuing re-definition of television and video among consumers. Given that 82% of people use YouTube or similar services at least monthly, we had to wonder whether watching a recipe online in the kitchen counts as 'watching TV' or just 'getting instructions'," Erlandsson continued.
In fact, over half of the respondents state that their computer and internet connection are integral parts of their TV and video consumption habits. Those tools enable viewers to pick and mix what, how, and when they watch - similar to making a selection at a restaurant.
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