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TV still polls well

Recent polls in the US and UK show that TV execs need not worry (yet) that Internet and mobile will lure away their viewers. Numbers from an ICM poll for the BBC and an Ipsos poll for AOL/AP show that while more people are watching videos online than before, it isn't detracting from regular viewing. In the US, only about 32% surveyed said they went to a computer to watch more video content than they did a year ago. Three-quarters of the British polled watched more video online than last year, though only 33% are heavy users, watching online and mobile once a week.
January 1, 2007

Recent polls in the US and UK show that TV execs need not worry (yet) that Internet and mobile will lure away their viewers. Numbers from an ICM poll for the BBC and an Ipsos poll for AOL/AP show that while more people are watching videos online than before, it isn’t detracting from regular viewing. In the US, only about 32% surveyed said they went to a computer to watch more video content than they did a year ago. Three-quarters of the British polled watched more video online than last year, though only 33% are heavy users, watching online and mobile once a week.

The promising numbers don’t betray the fact that online migration is only at the beginning stages. For the most part, both groups polled haven’t changed their ways. Regular habits have gone unchanged with the advent of other viewing options for 87% of Americans and 62% of British. TV types in the UK especially can let out a sigh of relief, since almost two-thirds of those polled said they’ve never watched content online or on their mobile and they don’t imagine they will this year.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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