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Nielsen’s Quarterly Cross-Platform Report Finds That Video On Demand Users Watch 20% More Live TV Than Non-VOD Users

2 minute read | June 2014
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In the top quintile, smartphone video viewing usage jumped nearly two hours from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014 and they use smartphones to watch just over six times the amount of video as the next quintile

New York – June 30, 2014 – Focusing on the growing impact of the video-on-demand (VOD) platform on the media landscape, Nielsen’s Q1 2014 Cross-Platform Report reflects that VOD users of all ethnicities actually watch more TV—live or time-shifted—than non-VOD users. Overall, people in VOD homes watch an hour and five minutes of live television per day, compared with the 54 minutes of live TV time among non-VOD users. This was found to be true over all VOD platforms measured by Nielsen.

Highlighting industry shifts that have been occurring pursuant to the Upfront presentations, Nielsen’s most-downloaded report focused on the growing impact of digital as well as some early conversations around shifting currency models. The increased availability of content has helped power what Nielsen has coined the video viewing curve: as mobile device penetration coupled with on-demand options continue to grow, viewers spend more time watching.

According to Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report, over the last two years, VOD has come of age. Currently available in more than 60 percent of U.S. household, VOD is increasingly contributing to the viewing potential and has emerged as a legitimate choice for consumers who might not have a DVR or simply missed recording last night’s episode. On average recently telecast VOD contributes between 4 and 5 percent in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The platform is appealing to younger demos and Asian-Americans, whose overall contribution through VOD is 8 percent.

“The great news for advertisers looking to connect with viewers is that video-on-demand users of all ethnicities actually watch more TV—live or otherwise!” shared Dounia Turrill, SVP Insights, Nielsen. “As we saw in this year’s Upfronts, today’s viewers are making device and platform choices that have a profound impact on the meaning of television and video. Americans continue to watch over five hours of traditional television per day. However, daily time spent watching time-shifted content has continued to rise, as has using the Internet on a computer and using a mobile device. With Nielsen incorporating mobile viewing in traditional television ratings as well as digital ratings in the fall, next year’s Upfronts and Newfronts will be fueled by new data. ”

The Cross-Platform Report is available at

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit


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