Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Primetime TV Online

TV on the Web is no cannibal.

The total amount of TV US consumers watch keeps rising. While online TV is not cutting into total viewing hours, those who mainly watch primetime TV online may not be the biggest fans anyway.

More than 20% of US consumers ages 13 to 55 surveyed watched some primetime television programming online during spring 2008, according to Integrated Media Measurement Inc.'s (IMMI's) "Online Viewership Brief." Those who tuned in to primetime TV online were likely to watch fewer total hours of programming per month.

Average Total Monthly TV Viewing by US Live vs. Online Primetime Network TV Content Viewers, May 2008 (% of each group)

IMMI also found that while traditional live TV viewing remained consumers' top choice for watching primetime content, digital video recorders (DVRs) were the preferred method for 31% of respondents. Only 4% of viewers liked to see primetime TV on the Web first.

While some media executives debate whether short or long videos are best for the Web, the total amount of video viewed in the US continues to rise. The Nielsen Company studied individual video viewers in May 2007 and May 2008 and found that although Internet video viewing time had increased, so had TV viewing time.


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