May 1, 2018

Household video devices are spiking in popularity

While 96% of U.S. homes have a television, other video devices are slowly reaching ubiquity as well, according to Nielsen.

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Reproduced from a Nielsen report; Chart: Axios Visuals

A big trend: Roughly two-thirds of U.S. homes have an internet-enabled connected device that's capable of streaming content to a television set, which includes enabled smart TVs, multimedia devices and video game consoles.

  • A majority of Americans now own a time-shifted television device, whether through a SVOD (subscription video on demand) or a DVD or DVR player. SVOD penetration has officially surpassed DVR penetration in the U.S.
  • Tablet and smartphone penetration levels have quickly grown to 63% and 89%, respectively, while PC ownership is slowly declining.

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