What’s your go-to device of choice for watching your favorite show? Device proliferation has afforded more choice than ever before, but TV remains the preferred device—and by a wide margin according to global online respondents in Nielsen’s Digital Landscape Survey.
For over 50 years, there was only a single "app" for TV viewers. The sole function of that app—the cable or satellite company—was to stream premium video content. The facts of yesterday’s TV viewing no longer hold. There are now many TV viewing apps available. Enter "the appification of TV."
Today, traditional TV still accounts for the lion’s share of video viewing, and will likely continue to do so for a good while, but online and mobile are where the growth is—30 percent growth in hours watched per month from fourth-quarter 2012 to fourth-quarter 2013.
It seems like U.S. consumers welcome new or improved technology with open arms just about every day. Options abound, spanning our TVs, computers and appliances. They’re also evolving to become more than just single-service electronics. Coupled with readily-available Internet connectivity, we’re seeing a metamorphosis in how we interact with our devices.
Watching content on a local level has a unique effect—it connects us to our communities, while it informs us and empowers us as participants in the close-knit fabric of our daily lives. As marketers and media companies explore ways to reach consumers in new and exciting ways, we offer a look into unique characteristics and trends in local markets.