New CBS Research study says that the more connected the public becomes, the more television it watches.
CBS Research revealed Thursday new data that it says shows that as the public at large becomes more connected to digital media, the more engaged it becomes in primetime television programming. Additionally, as more TV viewers become aware of the 2009 deadline for broadcasters to switch to full digital transmissions, the likelihood of them investing in new digital TV sets increases by 40%. The study is being released on the eve of the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
Those are just two of the major findings in the study CBS Research conducted examining consumers’ attitudes towards digital media, and the role television will play in the near future. The project was led by David F. Poltrack, chief research officer, CBS Corp., and president of CBS Vision.
“This data clearly show a correlation between connectivity and primetime television viewing,” Poltrack said. “Consumers who embrace the new media are the heaviest viewers of the top network primetime programs, and this sector of the audience is growing. By offering them new ways to connect to their favorite shows—whether it’s websites, podcasts, ringtones or other mobile features—we’ve been able to deepen the bond these fully connected viewers have with our programming. The research also illustrates that as viewers learn about the 2009 deadline for digital transmissions their attitudes towards investing in technology, like advanced home entertainment centers, to watch their favorite shows, changes radically. These findings really demonstrate the potential the broadcast networks have to further engage the public with our content as new technology expands our distribution options.”
Among the findings:
- The population is gradually moving up to higher levels of connectivity. This “fully connected” segment of the population, the segment with both a broadband and a digital television connection at home, has grown from 22% in the fall of 2005 to over 30% this fall. The “fully connected” segment of the population is the segment that is most likely to watch the top broadcast network programs. In addition, this segment visits network television web sites and is increasingly likely to stream clips and full episodes of network television programs on the Internet. Members of this upscale, better-educated “fully connected” segment are today the most engaged with the popular network programs.
- Although less than 30% of the population is aware of the 2009 deadline for broadcasters to switch to full digital transmissions, approximately one-half of these people have already purchased a digital set and another 30% plan to before the changeover. Of those who are not aware, when told of the change, 40% stated that they would upgrade to a digital set before 2009. It is clear that, as people become aware of the upcoming digital changeover in 2009, the likelihood of them upgrading their home entertainment equipment increases. This is very encouraging since previous research has shown that people watch more television after obtaining a high-definition television set.
- Just over one-half (56%) of those surveyed were aware that you could watch network television programs by streaming them over the Internet. Of those aware of this streaming option, 46% have already streamed at least one program. Of those not aware of this streaming option, when told which programs were available for streaming, 62% selected at least one of the 33 available programs that they probably would watch via streaming over the in the future. It is clear that the potential for network program distribution over the Internet is just beginning to be tapped.