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Video Viewing Rises Significantly in U.S. Internet Households

U.S. Internet households now consume an average 43.5 hours of video per week across all viewing devices. That’s an increase of more than six hours in 2020, when the average was 37.2 hours, according to Parks Associates.

The new Parks research also found that 61% of these households watch paid streaming services on a TV set, consuming an average of 7.5 hours per week of content from these sources.

This data was released during the 2024 NAB Show by Parks Associates in a new research report entitled, ‘The Viewer Journey: Navigating Streaming Options’. The study surveyed 8,000 consumers and 10,000 internet households to find out how viewers access video content across broadcast, traditional pay TV, and streaming video models, including SVOD, AVOD/FAST, TVOD, and vMVPD (streaming TV) services. 

“Video-viewing households report watching on average more than 21 hours per week on a TV, accounting for half of their viewing hours,” said Sarah Lee, research analyst at Parks Associates. “Video consumption on a cell phone continues to rise—excluding social video sources, US internet households spend 6.5 hours per week watching video a smartphone and 3.9 hours on a tablet. TVs are still the main video-viewing device, but platform usage continues to diversify.”  

“The flexibility and convenience that on-demand services offer is highly appealing to viewers, but many households enjoy a balance between finding something to watch and watching what they find,” Lee said. “Given the popularity of FAST and user-generated content, consumers may soon decide they do not need to subscribe to as many services as they do now.” 

From the article, "Video Viewing Rises Significantly in U.S. Internet Households" by James Careless

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