New GfK Report Shows Streaming Options Win Good Will for TV Networks – While Eroding “Traditional” Viewing

  New GfK Report Shows Streaming Options Win Good Will for TV Networks – While
  Eroding “Traditional” Viewing

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 16, 2013

With services such as Netflix and Hulu raising the bar for convenience in
video viewing, TV networks are in a bind. They have little choice but to offer
the ready program access that consumers have come to expect – but the net
benefit in ad revenue is increasingly unclear.

A new GfK report, TV’s Digital Connections 2013 – the seventh in an annual
series – defines these difficult trade-offs. When asked if they “think more
highly” of TV networks that make shows freely available, 42% of consumers
agree – a figure that rose steadily from 2006 (31%) to 2011, but now seems to
have plateaued.

During the same timeframe, the proportion of those who say they “expect to be
able to watch my favorite shows on a device of my choice” has nearly doubled,
from 19% in 2006 to 34% now.

But those who watch network programs via streaming options are now more likely
to say that this erodes their “traditional” viewing of the same shows. One in
three (33%) report that they watch less “regular” TV as a result of streaming
viewing, compared to one in four (24%) who say they watch more – a net
differential of -9 percentage points.

As recently as 2008, GfK’s research showed that streaming options provided a
net benefit to regular TV viewing; that year, the differential was +5 points,
with 25% saying they watched more regular TV, while 20% said they watched

At the same time, 27% of those who use streaming or downloaded video now say
that they “watch a greater number” of shows because of these options – more
than double the 2006 figure of 12%. And 21% report that they spend more time
watching TV content thanks to digital viewing options.

“Traditional ad-supported TV remains the networks’ biggest revenue source – so
anything that impinges on that viewing is a concern,” said David Tice, Senior
Vice President in Media and Entertainment at GfK. “While greater time spent
with TV content is certainly good news, the notion of ‘digital nickels versus
analog dollars’ clearly applies. TV networks need to begin to make the
underlying value of digital viewers pay off more consistently.”

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