Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fourteen percent of smartphone/tablet users recently used a TV-content app, according to Parks Associates

1Q 2013 Survey Shows Increasing Consumer Usage of Apps from TV Channels and Shows

New research from Parks Associates shows consumers are developing preferences for TV-content apps as more smartphone and tablet users are using TV-channel apps from networks like MTV, Nickelodeon, and USA Network and apps for shows like Glee and The Walking Dead. The firm finds 14% of smartphone/tablet users surveyed in 1Q 2013 have recently used a TV-content app and nearly 75% of these users are satisfied with this app experience.

The consumer analytics research, TV Channel and Network App Users, finds the most-common consumer activities with these apps are watching video, looking up information related to programs, and purchasing related music or merchandise. Viewers also use the apps to check broadcast dates and times.

Parks Associates consumer research - how consumers use TV apps

“The latest round of apps is from content providers, not satellite and cable-TV companies," said John Barrett, Director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates. "They want to increase viewer loyalty to their shows and enhance the viewing experience with second-screen activities, and it is working, especially among Millennials. This 'second-screen' generation is accustomed to consuming content on multiple devices."

Parks Associates research finds Millennials have much higher interest in program/channel-specific apps than do older consumer segments. Shows such as Gossip Girl, which aim for a Millennial audience, are wise to develop a robust app offering where viewers can watch show-related videos and virtually tour show locations.

“Companies in the television industry are experimenting with several approaches to TV-related apps for mobile devices,” said Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates. “Some are already noting several benefits, including greater viewer immersion, the ability to appeal to viewers outside of the broadcast window, and new aspects to storytelling. However, the most important implication may be for advertising. As consumers increasingly tune into mobile devices during commercial breaks, these apps provide a way to keep viewer attention.”

TV Channel and Network App Usersanalyzes consumer consumption of apps designed to complement the viewing of specific TV programs and channels.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webinars, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.

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