Poll Reveals Traditional Telly Being Outstripped by Streaming Devices

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25th January 2013 16:40 - Information Technology


A poll on behalf of broadbandchoices.co.uk has shown that tablets and other streaming gadgets are rising in popularity over the traditional telly.

In total, a third of the Britons who took part in the study would rather watch programmes on a tablet, smartphone or laptop instead of on TV.

Furthermore, just over a quarter of those polled (26%) said they watch less TV programmes through a standard set than they did 10 years ago, while 33% claimed they would "happily" swap their telly for a gadget capable of streaming broadcasts.

Despite the decrease in traditional TV viewing, the study found that Britons are watching an average of 1.5 hours more film, video and television content per day than they were 10 years ago.

Further findings from a recent Ofcom study have also shown that more than a third of UK adults (37%) with home Internet now watch online "catch-up" TV, which represents an increase of 14% compared with three years ago.

Broadbandchoices spokesman Dominic Baliszewski commented: "It's not surprising that the old-fashioned television is losing its crown as king of the living room. With so many different ways for people to view films and programmes over a broadband connection, modern devices such as tablets allow viewers far more flexibility to choose where and when they watch their favourite shows… We could see the ordinary TV set replaced in most homes as the primary viewing device in less than five years.”

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