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The Internet Is Finally Going To Be Bigger Than TV Worldwide (qz.com) 60

According to estimates from media agency Zenith, next year, for the first time, people will spend more time using the internet than watching TV. People will spend an average of 170.6 minutes a day, or nearly three hours, using the internet in 2019. That's a tad more than the 170.3 minutes they're expected to spend watching TV. Quartz reports: Zenith measured media by how they are transmitted or distributed, such as broadcasts via TV signals and newspapers in print. Watching videos on the web through platforms like Netflix and YouTube, or reading a newspaper's website, counted as internet consumption. Nearly one-quarter of all media consumption across the globe will be through mobile this year, up from 5% in 2011. The average person will spend a total of about eight hours per day consuming media in its many forms this year, Zenith forecasts.

In some parts of the world, TV will remain on top -- for now. Zenith forecasted media consumption through 2020 and did not expect the internet to overtake TV in Europe, Latin America, and the whole of North America in that time. In the U.S., it was projected to surpass TV in the U.S. in two years.

The Internet Is Finally Going To Be Bigger Than TV Worldwide

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is already posted about 25 stories back

  • The next generation won't know what 'television' means. Sure, you will still be able to buy a Television, but broadcast/cable/satellite will refer to Internet connectivity methods. They'll think it's quaint that people set their schedule around certain shows only being watchable at certain times.

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      well in asia they still do a bit.

      granted, the shows tend to show like 3-6 episodes in one go and stuff..

      daytime tv is also big thing, varietee crap brodcast in the day.

      tv is where the official propaganda is at.

      I wouldn't believe for a moment though if they said that people watch tv more than smartphones in Thailand for example. it's simply not true. if only because they browse fb in their vendor kiosks while the tv might be on in the background.. the attention isn't there as much.

      anyways, my tv broadcast bo

    • The next generation won't know what 'television' means.

      Of course they will know what television means. They will just define it in a different way, as 'that big monitor on my streaming box.'

    • by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @08:45AM (#56776428) Homepage

      We've been able to time shift since the advent of VHS tapes. But people will still want to watch shows live, or as soon as they are released because there is a big social aspect to the entire thing. Talking with your friends the next day or in real time as the show is being aired is still very much a part of the TV watching experience. YouTube Live and Twitch show that watching something as it occurs is still an important part of the entertainment ecosystem. Sure we don't have a fixed number of channels like we used to with traditional TV, but I don't think a lot has changed. If anything, there is even more pressure for people to watch stuff live as the endings are so quickly spoiled on the internet.

    • You mean there won't be a release schedule for new programming....who knew....
  • Statistic (Score:2, Redundant)

    by ledow ( 319597 )

    But...

    If you measuring by "time spent" you're already onto a statistical problem.

    It's SO MUCH quicker for me to watch an episode of something on Netflix than on TV that it's laughable. And I watch exactly what I want and then switch off. And I don't have ads, and intros, and recaps, etc.

    I imagine that Internet is already used much more than TV for such viewing. But because the Internet is about "I want to watch X and nothing else", and TV is about "I'll wait for X to come on, and then sit through any", i

    • by Anonymous Coward

      TV is dead. Scheduled programming is dead.

      TV is about "I'll wait for X to come on, and then sit through any"

      Welcome to the year 1999 [wikipedia.org]/2000 [wikipedia.org]. That is how long scheduled programming has been dead.

      And if you pirate (and really, everyone should be pirating all their TV and movies) that's every single thing you ever watch, so that you don't have to fast-forward through ads anymore like you did back in 2000. It's all been so perfected, that..

      It's SO MUCH quicker for me to watch an episode of something on Netflix t

  • by dohzer ( 867770 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @04:05AM (#56775830) Homepage

    Is this that old "I don't watch TV, I only watch [insert internet-delivered TV service]" chestnut where people claim they're not one and the same?

  • Gorgeous Sunrise (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    When was the last time you enjoy the unbelievably gorgeous view of sunrise?

    Stop wasting so much of your life online (and in front of the idiot tube).

    Go out, live your life, as intended !!

    • Intended by whom?

    • by devloop ( 983641 )
      You are so right! I felt so inspired by your post, that this morning I got up a little earlier. Brew a cup of organic fair trade dark roast double macchiato with gluten free almond milk, pulled up my MacBook pro (large Green Peace logo on the back, small "Feel The Bern" ones around it) and watched this: https://youtu.be/jswkS7895WY [youtu.be]
      I posted 17 selfies on FB/Insta/Tweeter. Thanks for a great tip!
    • The last one was g om a ship sailing to greenland on a YouTube channel. Was nicer than the one I saw in Thaiti 5 minutes later or the one in the Alps kust after that.
      With my ohine I saw all that while outside.

    • I enjoy a sunrise, and go on many walks, etc... But I still want my electronic escape which I use when the time is right for it. Sorry, but the old "turn off the idiot box, go outside, blah blah blah" is so tired and worn, and rather idiotic as it's implying that you could ever only do one or the other, but never both.
  • It is growing continuously day by day.
  • Social change (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TJHook3r ( 4699685 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @04:46AM (#56775908)
    In the old days, people came into work and had conversations about soaps, now they have conversations about BuzzFeed articles and Twitch stars. Not sure much has changed - most people are passive consumers of low-effort content.
    • Not sure much has changed - most people are passive consumers of low-effort content.

      That explains "Reality TV" and twitch streaming. Sure the players put in effort to win, but it's not a lot of effort to point a camera at themselves while they do it.

      • It also explains why I hate it. If there is bad or no editing or bad sound I hate it. The is no excuse to yell "focus" to the camera and let me hear it.you reshoot and use voiceover or not use it and leave it on the cutting floor.

  • because it will be live streaming on the internets
  • by sabbede ( 2678435 ) on Wednesday June 13, 2018 @08:02AM (#56776298)
    Neither link says how they count streaming TV services like Sling or DirecTV Now. I made the switch a few months ago, how's my TV consumption being counted? What about when I open a Roku channel and watch live TV through it? Is it counted differently if I use it to watch something that aired yesterday?
    • This is exactly the issue. Not that "Internet" is being mean to "TV". Media Programming comes to your house. It could be by a "dedicated" cable, which is probably a misnome,r since that very same cable may be bringing you Internet. Or it could come by Satellite. Or it could come via an application running on your Desktop/Laptop/Tablet/Alexa/Toilet? What is going away is having a single way to watch the media content. So the loser here isn't "TV", but Cable/Satellite providers who can no longer monopolize yo
  • Watching videos on the web through platforms like Netflix and YouTube, or reading a newspaper's website, counted as internet consumption.

    If Netflix isn't considered TV but you're comparing TV with "internet" then their entire comparison is completely meaningless. Netflix is as far in the TV direction as you can get. Yes, behind the scenes it gets onto the TV by using the internet, but that has jack shit with human behavior and preferences, society or anything else. It's basically just a mundane technical de

  • The original TOS had terrible numbers, except among the demographic advertisers would later cherish above all others. (Advertisers are slow on the uptake.) So there it was, TOS hanging by a budgetary thread throughout its lame third season.

    NBC at first planned to move Star Trek to Mondays for the show's third season, likely in hopes of increasing its audience after the enormous letter campaign that surprised the network.

    But in March 1968, NBC instead moved the show to 10:00 pm Friday night, an hour undesi

  • "Zenith measured media by how they are transmitted or distributed, such as broadcasts via TV signals and newspapers in print. Watching videos on the web through platforms like Netflix and YouTube, or reading a newspaper's website, counted as internet consumption."

    So watching YouTube on TV counts as....
  • They left off one more option in the answers:

    C) I watch TV and surf the web simultaneously.

  • The delivery method and how people watch their shows is changing, but the shows and popularity are still the same. TV isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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