24 JUN 2020

MORE THAN HALF OF US BROADBAND HOUSEHOLDS NOW OWN A SMART TV

The increasing smart TV usage makes them the primary platform for video services as content consumption increases dramatically to an average of more than 20 hours of video content weekly on the TV, an increase of nearly 40% from 2017.

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Parks Associates released a new whitepaper, "Optimizing the Smart TV Experience," which indicates that 54% of US broadband households own at least one smart TV. The findings make the smart TV the primary platform for video services as content consumption increases dramatically. “Smart TVs are steadily improving their scores in ease of navigation and ability to find content or discover new apps, supplanting other video devices in the house to become the main source for video content," said Steve Nason, Research Director, Park Associates. 

The whitepaper, developed in cooperation with Applicaster, highlights the evolution of video and the TV in the home and the role of technology in helping smart TV progress to the forefront of in-home video viewing experience. Jonathan Laor, Co-founder and CEO, Applicaster, says he has seen broadcasters incorporate smart TVs and connected devices more and more into their app strategy. “Over the past few months we’ve also seen end users going to their mobile devices for subscribing to new services, and a dramatic increase in their consumption on TVs, making TVs the new champions of viewer retention," Laor said.

 

Parks Associates finds that from Q1 2019 to Q1 2020, more than six million US broadband households cut the cord on their traditional pay-TV service, primarily transitioning to OTT services or broadcast TV via antennas for video content. The COVID-19 crisis has further changed how households are consuming video from both a device and a service perspective, and its impacts will continue even as states lift shelter-in-place orders. US broadband households are consuming on average more than 20 hours of video content weekly on the TV, an increase of nearly 40% from 2017. “When looking specifically at online video content, the smart TV is the only measuring device seeing a year-over-year increase as the primary streaming video device,” Nason said. “Nearly one-third of US broadband households cite a smart TV as their primary streaming video device, nearly double the rate of streaming media players and computers.” 

Optimizing the Smart TV Experience highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption of video consumption and the future state of the smart TV experience. It also addresses the importance of integrating video offerings within smart TV apps to help drive content discovery and create an optimal user experience that better attracts, engages, and retains video customers.  

 

Smart TVs are steadily improving their scores in ease of navigation and ability to find content or discover new apps, supplanting other video devices in the house to become the main source for video content.” Steve Nason Research Director, Park Associates