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Doktor
25 Jun 14,, 09:52
Americans have no shortage of options in every aspect of their lives. The proliferation of devices for consuming content has enabled more choices than most can count. But the “problem” of having too many options—including a growing expanse of content—doesn’t seem to be having an impact on our TV viewing preferences.

According to Nielsen’s forthcoming Advertising & Audiences Report, the average U.S. TV home now receives 189 TV channels—a record high and significant jump since 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. Despite this increase, however, consumers have consistently tuned in to an average of just 17 channels.

This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption. And that means quality is imperative—for both content creators and advertisers. So the best way to reach consumers in a world with myriad options is to be the best option.

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Changing Channels: Americans View Just 17 Channels Despite Record Number to Choose From (http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2014/changing-channels-americans-view-just-17-channels-despite-record-number-to-choose-from.html)

Habits or lack of new content?

Stitch
25 Jun 14,, 17:22
I think Americans in general are overwhelmed with choices, and not just with TV; sometimes I think the British system is good where there are only 4 or 5 channels to choose from.

Albany Rifles
25 Jun 14,, 18:04
http://youtu.be/5scpDev1qps

My usual....

PBS
Networks for sports and some news
A&E (love Longmire)
AMC
The ESPNs
CSN
MASN
Smithsonian
National Geographic
BBC America
Sundance
Discovery
NBC Sports
Fox Sports
CSPAN 3
FX
FXX
Food
DIY
Weather Channel
Comedy
USA
TCM
SYFY
TBS
TNT
Destination America
NFL
NHL
MLB
CBS Sports
IFC

Pedicabby
25 Jun 14,, 19:03
I think Americans in general are overwhelmed with choices, and not just with TV; sometimes I think the British system is good where there are only 4 or 5 channels to choose from.


We have more choice than that not that it really matters as most tv programs here suck.

TopHatter
25 Jun 14,, 19:52
I have neither cable nor satellite, not even an antenna, and I am VERY happy because of it!

kato
25 Jun 14,, 20:29
I think the British system is good where there are only 4 or 5 channels to choose from.
You mean 4 or 5 state-owned channels right?

Cuz between Freeview, Freesat and others the choice of channels in British households is more like 50-150 depending on how you receive your TV. And that's not even mentioning Sky and its monopoly of supplying 40% of British households with 400+ Pay-TV channels via DVB-S, or Virgin Media supplying 250+ Pay-TV channels to another 15% of British households via DVB-C.

And that's just the English-language stuff. If you receive from Astra SES via DVB-S at 19.2 E as well instead of just 28.2 E, you also get 300+ German-language channels and around 100+ channels in at least 20 other languages in addition to that...

Stitch
25 Jun 14,, 21:28
You mean 4 or 5 state-owned channels right?

Cuz between Freeview, Freesat and others the choice of channels in British households is more like 50-150 depending on how you receive your TV. And that's not even mentioning Sky and its monopoly of supplying 40% of British households with 400+ Pay-TV channels via DVB-S, or Virgin Media supplying 250+ Pay-TV channels to another 15% of British households via DVB-C.

And that's just the English-language stuff. If you receive from Astra SES via DVB-S at 19.2 E as well instead of just 28.2 E, you also get 300+ German-language channels and around 100+ channels in at least 20 other languages in addition to that...

Yes, I'm pretty much just talking about BBC; I haven't been to England in a while (1992 was the last time I was there), and I just remember turning the telly on and only finding 3 or 4 (if that) channels to choose from, and they were all BBC. I also remember two or three of the stations going off the air at around 9:00 PM. Bit of a culture shock for a Yank who's used to 20 or 30 channels (back then), and them staying on 24/7.

I must be dating myself, it sounds like a lot has changed in 20 years.

Minskaya
25 Jun 14,, 22:32
I have cable and a nice big flat screen, but I watch very little TV.

Doktor
25 Jun 14,, 22:43
I have cable with 120 channels, not because I need it, but because it is must to have descent net access. Cartoons, NatGeo, Discovery, and few locals are where the remote stops.

DonBelt
26 Jun 14,, 01:08
I wonder if that reflects whether or not people are actively watching what is on. I don't know how you could measure it,but I'll bet just because a particular channel or show is on, it doesn't mean it is being watched. Some people have it on just for background, or leave it on for the dogs or maybe have it on a timer to make the house look occupied. The tv always seems to be on at my house, but is seldom being watched.

gunnut
26 Jun 14,, 02:59
I have neither cable nor satellite, not even an antenna, and I am VERY happy because of it!

You're the one dragging down our score!!! :mad:

gunnut
26 Jun 14,, 03:08
The channels I watch the most:

Syfy (pretty much all the bad movies except torture porn)
Comedy Central (South Park, Tosh.o, Futurama)
Cartoon Network (Family Guy, American Dad, and Robot Chicken)
AMC (The Walking Dead)
Fox (Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad)
Hockey (whatever channel it's on)
ESPN (hockey high lights)
ESPN 2 (hockey high lights 2)
History Channel (any war related stuff, sometimes pawn shop)
HGTV

Crap...I'm dragging down the average too...:eek:

Pedicabby
26 Jun 14,, 03:42
The channels I watch the most:

Syfy (pretty much all the bad movies except torture porn)
Comedy Central (South Park, Tosh.o, Futurama)
Cartoon Network (Family Guy, American Dad, and Robot Chicken)
AMC (The Walking Dead)
Fox (Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad)
Hockey (whatever channel it's on)
ESPN (hockey high lights)
ESPN 2 (hockey high lights 2)
History Channel (any war related stuff, sometimes pawn shop)
HGTV

Crap...I'm dragging down the average too...:eek:

You have 3 channels for hockey? Dude, I'm jealous!

I haven't got a T.V. and if I did I move to much to get cable. Most shows over here suck anyway. I rent T.V. series from the library and watch till my eyes bleed. I just watched 4 episodes of The West Wing and will now catch a bit of Calleigh Duquesne on C.S.I. Miami. Damn that girl is hot!!

Oracle
26 Jun 14,, 06:28
Americans watch more channels than I do. I have 250+ channels of which I probably watch 8-10 channels at the max.

Food, culture and exotic destinations - Fox Life, Fox People - they are my companions for years now. Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, History Channel too.

Weather channel - doesn't bother me. If I have made plans for BBQ, rain doesn't matter. Nor does a hot and humid day matter if I have a plan to drink Rum. I just do it.

News - CNN, sometimes BBC. An Indian channel, probably IndiaTV/AajTak in 2008 showed a clipping of a monkey in a hot spring, along with scenes of the ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean. The anchor said that the monkey was seen there for 500 years and that it didn't move an inch. The ship probably transported the monkey from Godlands. Such is the content. I almost died laughing.

Movies - HBO and stuff. I watch most movies online.

Sports - ESPN, STAR 1,2,3, Ten Sports.

Music - Not a single decent channel for rock/alt/hard rock. And the channels I have, Bollywood crap plays all day. When satellite TV revolutionized India in the early 90's, I remember Mtv playing English hits 24X7. The content now probably has to do with localization.

Entertainment - This is an area I dare not venture. There are some channels like Star, Zee etc - they show soap operas of Indian families. Perfect Indian families. Very perfect Indian families. No adultery, no fights, no corruption, no teenage pregnancies, no substance abuse, only values and culture and respect. Makes me depressed and feel I'm wasted. :biggrin:

Stitch
26 Jun 14,, 06:50
Entertainment - This is an area I dare not venture. There are some channels like Star, Zee etc - they show soap operas of Indian families. Perfect Indian families. Very perfect Indian families. No adultery, no fights, no corruption, no teenage pregnancies, no substance abuse, only values and culture and respect. Makes me depressed and feel I'm wasted. :biggrin:

Gee, sounds like the complete OPPOSITE of Spanish soaps!

Oh, that, and the fact that the Spanish chicks are HOT! Skimpy outfits, big breasts, etc. . . . Only reason I (and gunnut) watch them . . . .

Oracle
26 Jun 14,, 07:21
Gee, sounds like the complete OPPOSITE of Spanish soaps!

Oh, that, and the fact that the Spanish chicks are HOT! Skimpy outfits, big breasts, etc. . . . Only reason I (and gunnut) watch them . . . .

Are the contents of those soaps good? Do you understand Spanish or it's just softcore you're interested in? :biggrin:

The women in those Indian programs are draped in Saris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sari) and Salwar Kameez (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalwar_kameez). Jeans too. They are hot, but covered from top to bottom. People have to use their imaginations.

kato
26 Jun 14,, 07:58
I have neither cable nor satellite, not even an antenna, and I am VERY happy because of it!
I have a sat dish on my roof and somewhere around 300 channels programmed on my receiver, but I don't really watch TV anymore. At all.

tbm3fan
26 Jun 14,, 09:25
I use maybe 10 channels and over the years even some of them have become worthless, ie. The History Channel. I watch maybe 10 hours per week at most with news being the biggest chunk. Naturally the carriers do not want Americans to be able to choose because that would ruin their pricing structure. It enables them to pay billions for sports and spread the cost out across the board and it happens to be the biggest junk of change on your bill. Of course they spin this by saying if they don't then the cost will be higher for everyone. Hmm, I'd like to try my chances on those 10 channels which I know have low fees.

Tamara
26 Jun 14,, 09:25
Americans have no shortage of options in every aspect of their lives. The proliferation of devices for consuming content has enabled more choices than most can count. But the “problem” of having too many options—including a growing expanse of content—doesn’t seem to be having an impact on our TV viewing preferences.

According to Nielsen’s forthcoming Advertising & Audiences Report, the average U.S. TV home now receives 189 TV channels—a record high and significant jump since 2008, when the average home received 129 channels. Despite this increase, however, consumers have consistently tuned in to an average of just 17 channels........

Sometimes, not even as much as that. I tend to view only 5 channels and then, only one of them at home, if that all.

At work, it's
Telemundo
Galavision
Univision
Unimas (sometimes)

And at home, Turner Classic Movies (more on that in a moment)

I got into the Spanish channels at work because many years ago, they made my work station a show and tell room. Lots of computer screens monitoring systems all over the place, two big TV screens over my head, one which is half screen showing status, and then the other 1.5 screens linked into cable. There's a passageway and a glass wall behind me so people looking in can see how high tech we are.

At first, I didn't like it, didn't think we should have such distractions in the work center. So I set both screens to weather. My boss said you can't have both on weather, need to have at least one on something else. So I started setting one to Spanish channels and over the years......have rather gotten hooked on those channels.

There are benefits and risks. I've heard so much Spanish over the years that at least I hear individual words and not gibberish. I see more informative news than what the American news will cover. Since it is in a language I don't speak, I can't get drawn into it, forget that I am at work. In a room where most of my co workers want to have the lights off (and some of the light bulbs have not been bothered to be replaced), it lets me brighten up the room. Unimas occasionally introduces me to movies that I want as part of my own collection.

But as I said, I am hooked. Despite the language differences, I've fallen in love with the people, shows, old movies I've seen over the years. I have a collection at home of Mexican made movies from the late 50's to the early 80's. I've had REM dreams with Jorge Rivero and "Los Heroes del Norte". I leave work each day so positively charged........to go home to a set of apartments in Central Texas.

TCM is nice but it comes with a heck of a risk. Let's take what's on today. There are several Peter Lorre flicks, an interesting George Raft, Bogart's, black and whites of WWII themes, a Claudia Cardinale, "Seconds", and "Pretty Maids all in a Row". I could have my recorders going all day and that's just one day! It can become quite a compulsion.......and I have a video library filled with tapes and DVD's that I may never get through already. The one "good" thing is that since the current stuff being presented is such TRASH, I don't have much of an inflow from the present.

So when the kittens knocked the cable connection off the wall for one TV, perhaps over a year ago, I didn't bother to reconnect it. I rarely have the den TV turned on with the cable. I hardly have the bedroom TV turned on.

Unfortunately, I do need the cable despite the fact that so much of what I am paying for goes unused. Every once in a while, there is something out there that I have to tune in for. But it is few and far that such happens.

Oh, the IRONY! At the change of the year, I walked into the store to get a flat screen to replace one of my boxes. As I head toward the TV's, the Direct TV saleslady grabs me and I tell her, "Sorry, I don't watch TV".

And I hardly don't. Practically all I see day to day ............................. comes off tape and DVD.

lemontree
26 Jun 14,, 10:34
I thought someone would mention Hugh Hefner's Playboy channel...does'nt it exist?

Doktor
26 Jun 14,, 11:02
Nothing for the internet, yet!

Three hours of television a day can kill - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10925146/Three-hours-of-television-a-day-can-kill.html)

Tamara
26 Jun 14,, 14:11
What I find "distressing" is how TV went in a few short years from something I watched constantly to something I don't watch at all.

Change of quality, change of technology, change of presentation, plus an added incident or two.

2005, my recorders are going full blast, busy for several hours many a night. But the drama shows I was watching were ending, they were being replaced with reality and dumbed down shows that were to me unwatchable. Franchises were taking over all the networks. Educational channels I once watched extensively were going "biker". Animal Planet started supporting terrorists. Sports channels, if they showed sports at all instead of just talking about it, loaded their screens with extra information so it wasn't fun to watch any more (that's change of presentation).

Change of technology from the VCR to Tivo and the like. Between that it may take me several weeks before I get to watch something and my power company at the time throwing the power switch for 2 seconds or so (and clearing out all programing), it just became impossible to try to keep up with something.

The writer's strike certainly didn't help for any remaining shows I may have been interested in at the time. Nor did the common changing of time slots from one season to another. I would watch "Las Vegas" on Friday as a way to greet the weekend........but I wasn't interested in seeing it on Monday (if I could). Further, one must realize that TV shows are "time stamped" by their commercials. So even if you record them to watch them another day, the commercials are still reflecting the day. Ie, TV on Thursday and Friday nights will be associated with car, department store sales, home improvement stores, maybe opening movies because they are selling the weekend.

But back to the main point. It seems like from 2005 to the Fall of 2008, my TV watching habit rapidly withered and died.

It just wasn't fun anymore.

gunnut
27 Jun 14,, 02:33
You have 3 channels for hockey? Dude, I'm jealous!

I haven't got a T.V. and if I did I move to much to get cable. Most shows over here suck anyway. I rent T.V. series from the library and watch till my eyes bleed. I just watched 4 episodes of The West Wing and will now catch a bit of Calleigh Duquesne on C.S.I. Miami. Damn that girl is hot!!

Not quite 3 channels. I have Kings and Ducks on local channels. I don't have the Hockey Channel. When Kings playoff games were on NBCSN only this past playoff season, I flip through ESPN and ESPN2 for high lights.

gunnut
27 Jun 14,, 02:37
The channels I watch the most:

Syfy (pretty much all the bad movies except torture porn)
Comedy Central (South Park, Tosh.o, Futurama)
Cartoon Network (Family Guy, American Dad, and Robot Chicken)
AMC (The Walking Dead)
Fox (Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad)
Hockey (whatever channel it's on)
ESPN (hockey high lights)
ESPN 2 (hockey high lights 2)
History Channel (any war related stuff, sometimes pawn shop)
HGTV

Crap...I'm dragging down the average too...:eek:

I should add:

Fox News (Red Eye, The Five, Outnumbered (for Katie Pavlich), and actual news cast...can't stand talking heads)
HBO (Game of Thrones)

I am getting close to 17....

Tamara
17 Jul 14,, 13:50
Well, it looks like my time with cable is coming to an end.

Got an email from them that they are converting some analog channels to digital only and if I want to keep watching them, I have to get a box to put atop my TV.

A BOX? Hello, didn't I leave those things at my Grand Mother's house? They were a pain then and I'll be damned if I'm going back to that time.

As it is, the channels they are taking away aren't any of the limited viewing that I currently do. Two locals, UniMas, CSPAN, WGN, weather channels, Oxygen, two sports channels, ABC family, CNBC, TruTV, and CMT. But those now, I suspect more later.

This old bridge is smokin...............

Stitch
17 Jul 14,, 18:36
Got an email from them that they are converting some analog channels to digital only and if I want to keep watching them, I have to get a box to put atop my TV.

A BOX? Hello, didn't I leave those things at my Grand Mother's house? They were a pain then and I'll be damned if I'm going back to that time.

Shoot, California went digital YEARS ago; we originally had to have a box (converter), too, but pretty much any TV manufactured since 2010 is digital-capable. We finally ditched our CRT TV a few years ago and bought a (digital-capable) flatscreen. Still have a couple of the converters laying around, not sure what I'm going to do with them now . . . .

Tamara
17 Jul 14,, 20:26
Shoot, California went digital YEARS ago; we originally had to have a box (converter), too, but pretty much any TV manufactured since 2010 is digital-capable. We finally ditched our CRT TV a few years ago and bought a (digital-capable) flatscreen. Still have a couple of the converters laying around, not sure what I'm going to do with them now . . . .

Judging from their email, it seems that it is something that needs more than a digital capable TV such as a flat screen. Everything in their email seemed to indicate that if one didn't have one of their devices inbetween the wall connection and the TV, it wasn't going to work.

Whatever. I'll know in about a month when the switch over occurs. The stations I am standing to lose aren't that important to me in the first place, not many stations are these days. So if they are still there in a month, I'll know my flatscreens can handle it. If there aren't, no great loss..................on this wave.