Friday, December 17, 2010

TV Viewing Fragmenting Across Devices

Fully 87 percent of users age 13 or older say they have played video games of some kind for Xbox 360 and Wii, with 80 percent saying they have done so for PlayStation 3. Much of this is the result of traditional offline play, but nearly half of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users say they play games online.

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But that might not be the most-important development in the gaming console space. The second-most popular use of consoles is for watching DVDs/Blu-Rays, most noticeably for PlayStation 3 but also for Xbox 360 (DVD playback is not a standard feature on the Wii.

PlayStation 3 users indicate that DVD/Blu-Ray viewing occupies 27 percent of their time with the console, about the same amount of time as users spend with offline gaming. DVD viewing occupies 11 percent of time on an Xbox 360

Video-on-demand and streaming services such as Netflix, MLB Network and ESPN3, account for 20 percent of Wii users’ time, 10 percent of Xbox 360 users’ time and 9 percent of PlayStation 3 users’ time.

In the second quarter of 2010, the average person watched more than 143 hours of television per month. What is perhaps new is the growing amount of time spent using gaming consoles for some of that viewing.

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