Poll: Nearly Half of People Watch “TV” on Devices Other Than TVs


Poll results show we’re no longer watching TV as we used to.

The results of our poll asking readers how they watch TV are in, and they’re a bit surprising to us: Nearly half of respondents — about 49 percent — view “TV” on their computers and mobile apps.

No wonder we keep hearing that TV sales are slumping! In October NPD DisplaySearch reported that sales of all TVs were expected to drop by 4 percent last year, and that the future for TV sales in the future was bleaker. The economy was only partly to blame. Other reports show that mobile TV apps and other technologies are pulling people away from traditional TVs.

The majority of the 432 poll respondents — about 43 percent — still watch TV on good ol’ TV sets. About 35 percent primarily watch on computers, 9 percent on iPads/Tablets etc., and 4 percent on smart phones. The “other” category garnered about 8 percent, and had a number of responses about watching on a TV through a computer, and via Roku and DVRs.

We wonder if the word “TV” or “television” will continue being part of our lexicon, or if it will gradually be replaced? What do you think? If you haven’t taken the poll yet, it’s still available. We’re going to leave it open for a while to continue getting responses as time and technology move on.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1075805752 Jay Ashworth

    I certainly hope the broadcast industry isn’t stupid enough to blink.

    It’s still TV; there are still TV networks and TV stations; there are a *lot* of useful semantics built up in 60 years of broadcasting that we shouldn’t jettison on a whim.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Semple-Stroman/634377863 Lauren Semple Stroman

    so now, how about simulcasting Downton Abbey season 3 for those of us employing innovative technology to watch tv?!

    • Leslie Male-Atkinson

      YES! Roku Channel or something please!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ozzie.alfonso Ozzie Alfonso

    The survey misses the point. There is “Television”, the medium as we’ve
    known it since the 1940s, and “the TV”, the screen that allows us to
    watch video be it part of a computer, laptop, tablet, or a 53″ flat
    screen LED, LCD, Plasma, or whatever. I prefer to watch video on the
    latter. It is where the video originates that has changed drastically.
    Much of it comes from sources other than broadcast or cable stations. I
    watch Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, any number of videos I have in my
    laptop, or on a flashdrive, etc. This abundance of sources and media is
    what is altering what we have come to think of as “television”. I rather
    call it “Film & Video” and not “Film & Television” for the “T”
    word is too confining. All this is altering formats and well as content. The 10-15 minute video – drama, documentary, or comedy- is becoming pervasive. What will never change is the ability to tell a good story regardless of where our eyes are focused.

  • peterpun

    We still watch the “TV”, but hardly watch “TV Stations” anymore. Too many commercials, too much content available elsewhere – Internet, video, etc. available to view through the nice, large, HDTV screen.

  • Larry

    I see free TV as we know it disappearing eventually, although I suppose there will always be some sort of free public broadcast requirement to insure that everyone has access to emergency info, political messages, etc.. As an entertainment medium, I see it all being replaced with a ‘pay as you go, and pay for only what you want’ format, playable on whatever you prefer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.delselva.35 John DelSelva

    If it looks like a TV, produces video like a TV, and the audio is terrible like a TV, then it probably is a TV.

    • Maria Goodavage

      Hahaha! Too true!

  • Hardy Pottinger

    I had no idea there actually was such a thing a broadcast television any more…