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TV vs. the Internet: Internet wins

TV vs. the Internet: Internet wins

Oh gnoes! The internet killed the television star!

According to the results of a recent online survey conducted by IBM, television sets are losing ground to the internet when it comes to personal leisure time. 19 percent of all respondents stated that they spent six hours or more per day on the internet versus nine percent of respondents spending the same amount of time in front of the television. 66 percent responded that they spent one to four hours in front of the television versus 60 percent on the internet.

"Consumers are demonstrating their desire for both wired and wireless access to content: an average of 81 percent of consumers surveyed globally indicated they've watched or want to watch PC video, and an average of 42 percent indicated they've watched or want to watch mobile video," said Bill Battino, Communications Sector managing partner of IBM Global Business Services.

The survey constituted more then 2,400 households across the globe from mid-April through mid-June and covered the usage and adoption of new multimedia devices and media and entertainment consumption on PCs, mobile phones, portable media players and more.

For the television, it seems that DVRs and on demand services are the big drawing points for consumers. 24 percent of all US respondents reported owning a DVR with 33 percent saying they now watched more TV since purchasing a DVR then before owning one.

Social networking and online video sites are a couple of the ways that people are now spending their time online. 36 percent of Australians, 26 percent of Americans, 20 percent of UKers and 9 percent of Japanese respondents reported that they contributed to a social networking site. Seven percent of US respondents and nine percent of UK and Australian respondents reported that they contributed to user generated content sites. Of all of those who contributed, an average of 58 percent said they did so for recognition from peers and to feel part of the community rather then make money.

IBM has made the full results of the survey available over on their site.

How many of you guys have ditched your TV in favour of watching your media on your computer? Tell us what parts of the survey you fall into in the comments section below or over in the forums.

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zachjowi 23rd August 2007, 19:54 Quote
what are the sites to watch tv for free?
Firehed 23rd August 2007, 20:01 Quote
Let's go with tvrss.net and leave it at that. Most of the sites you can watch TV online from are of questionable legality, with the exception of Joost and the publisher's actual website.

Anyways, TV is dead to me. I don't own one (though my family has several) and even if I did, it wouldn't be hooked up to actual broadcasting either via cable, satellite, or OTA transmissions. 95% of it is crap, and the other 5% is available on iTunes, Bit-torrent, the publisher's website, or some other source.
leexgx 23rd August 2007, 20:32 Quote
as NTL/virgin has no base sky chans any more i have to download/watch tv useing my computer (or the one stting next to my TV)
Bungle 23rd August 2007, 20:44 Quote
People don't want to be spoon fed programmes anymore. The days of interactive are becoming more mainstream. People want choices, but real choices of what they wish to see. The days of flicking threw numerous channels hoping to find something to watch are hopefully going to go the way of the dodo.
mattthegamer463 23rd August 2007, 20:57 Quote
TV only gives me my Seinfeld fix, because I can't find any decent streams off dailymotion. Television has become such a smut-show, only the Discovery channel is worth watching anymore. All I use my TV for is to watch movies or game on a big screen and comfy couch.
completemadness 23rd August 2007, 22:22 Quote
Where on earth do people find all these surveys ?

I have to wonder how accurate they are tbh, how big is the sample size ? and how random is the sample ?
What about those of use who have a TV (well HTPC) and computer so we can do both ?
pendragon 23rd August 2007, 22:24 Quote
when you use the internet, a Winner is you. :D
Ramble 23rd August 2007, 22:38 Quote
I do download TV, illegally, so does everyone else here. I would not however do that if there were real alternate choices (like the iPlayer). Mostly I either want to download an entire series (or the whole show) when it's not currently shown on TV (DVDs are way too expensive) or I want to catch a show from America that won't be shown here for 9 months.
If a show like Top Gear is on then I generally record it rather than download it since I get it higher quality and faster that way, plus it's legal.

Give us some options people.
Hilariousity 23rd August 2007, 22:58 Quote
Joeymac 23rd August 2007, 23:38 Quote
If bittorrent and computers was easier to use then TV would die.... which would then mean no one would have anything to bittorrent and everyone would go back to TV. Then it would start all over again.

They should be bring back The Big Breakfast... sigh... I used to wake up to watch that.. some times.
DriftCarl 23rd August 2007, 23:56 Quote
I dont use or have a TV anymore. Not since moving into my own home with a mortgage and crap. The extra 130 odd quid for a licence can be used elsewhere in my mountain of bills.
I can get all my content from the interpipes of the web now.
BBC news 24 is online, this is for the morning tea and breakfast before work.
Popular american tv shows that at the time of speaking arnt aired here, all through bittorrent.
Tried joost, its crap.
Tried 4od its also crap(kservice that is) but its still better than BBC's, download are quicker.
sopcast for certain sporting events.

I am really not one of these "OMG it has to be super high HD quality" I would be happy watching programs on a mobile phone. I have Friends seasons in a nice box set, but I dont watch them from the DVD anymore. I have them all digital at about 120 meg each episode. and its just better to click a random episode.

I guess youtube isnt too bad either, sometimes you can find some great documentaries on google video too. like 2 hours long if you wanted.
bloodcar 24th August 2007, 00:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by completemadness
Where on earth do people find all these surveys ?

I have to wonder how accurate they are tbh, how big is the sample size ? and how random is the sample ?
What about those of use who have a TV (well HTPC) and computer so we can do both ?

Sample size is slightly over 2,400 households spread out across the globe. It says it right in the article.
completemadness 24th August 2007, 00:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by bloodcar
Sample size is slightly over 2,400 households spread out across the globe. It says it right in the article.
that's what i get for reading the bit tech summary :p

Anyway, if that's it, that is a really really poor sample, 2400 people for a global sample ? you have to be kidding
mattthegamer463 24th August 2007, 01:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by completemadness
that's what i get for reading the bit tech summary :p

Anyway, if that's it, that is a really really poor sample, 2400 people for a global sample ? you have to be kidding

I'm amazed how many have PVRs. That figure makes me think that this test group wasn't as "broad" as they make it out to be.
Redbeaver 24th August 2007, 03:07 Quote
ditto. my 29' TV is barely on now. its probably on when my gf or family is here n they wanna watch some female-oriented shows like Oprah or TLC channel or E! and the likes....
lamboman 24th August 2007, 11:16 Quote
TV is a bit boring now. YouTube is much more fun. As for the good TV channels, they just repeat the same episodes of the same shows. But, I have yet to see a proper TV show broadcast online (a show like Top Gear, for example), and I think that we will need more reliable internet connections to do so.
mikeuk2004 24th August 2007, 12:32 Quote
I dont watch TV on the internet for several reasons.

1) Constant TV watching causes alot of downloading and then AOL jsut limit me to 256k from 8mb and then its imposible to watch TV as it does not stream.

2) The quality of the TV is so poor. VCD is better.

3) If you go buy Channel 4, then they charge you per program which sucks. Im not going to pay that as if I paif to watch then id get Sky.

5) How can I sit and watch TV and surf on my Laptop?? I dont like to watch TV in Small windows.

My TV stays
Demon Cleaner 27th August 2007, 17:17 Quote
Well I bought a 24" monitor a couple of months back because I realised that pretty much all the TV I watch bar sport (apart from the 3pm kick off games ;) ) has been on my computer. Even TV they show in this country and on terrestrial I tend to download because I can watch it whenever I want. You can find great quality releases (720p) for most american shows as well. Saves getting a pvr.
yodasarmpit 27th August 2007, 17:23 Quote
Most of the TV I watch now comes via the net, the rest I get from Sky.
capcom1 27th August 2007, 18:54 Quote
i very rarely watch any tv now , only when friends/ family are over is it on . i will watch tv programes online sometimes but the computer just offers so much more in the way of how to spend your spare time , browsing , watching tv , games , chatting , ect ....
Orca 27th August 2007, 21:49 Quote
Sky still has some stuff I watch, otherwise yeah TV is minimal for these days. Haven't touched the terrestrial channels for many years now.
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