A recent survey report released by Ericsson revealed that 62 percent of telecoms consumers use social media while watching television, which is 18 percent point increase in one year.
The report of Ericsson ConsumerLab’s annual study, which was presented in the TV & Video Consumer Trend Report 2012, also showed that 67 percent of the consumers use tablets, smartphones or laptops for television viewing, while 60 percent use on-demand services on a weekly basis.
It also revealed that social TV was becoming a mass-market phenomenon.
The study noted: “Sixty-two percent of consumers use social media while watching TV on a weekly basis, an increase of 18 percentage points in one year. By gender, 66 per cent of women engage in this behaviour, compared to 58 percent of men. Twenty-five percent of consumers use social media to discuss what they are watching while they are watching it”.
The data was collected in Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the US. In all, 14 qualitative and 12,000 quantitative online interviews were conducted representing more than 460 million consumers.
According to Ericsson ConsumerLab Senior Advisor, Niklas Rönnblom, “Mobile devices are an important part of the TV experience, as 67 per cent of consumers use smartphones, tablets, or laptops for TV and video viewing. Furthermore, sixty percent of consumers say they use on-demand services on a weekly basis.
Watching TV on the move is growing in popularity, and 50 per cent of the time spent watching TV and video on the smartphone, is done outside the home, where mobile broadband connections are facilitating the increase.”
Although viewing behaviours and demands are changing, only 7 percent of consumers say they will reduce their TV subscriptions in the future. Instead of looking to cut costs, consumers are willing to pay more for an enhanced viewing experience, as 41 per cent of consumers said they were willing to pay for TV and video content.
More than half of consumers want to be able to choose their own TV and video content.
Rönnblom said “As the number of screens and services increase, people are eagerly looking for an easy-to-use, aggregated service that can bring everything together.”
Ericsson ConsumerLab gains its knowledge through a global consumer research programme based on interviews with 100,000 individuals each year, in more than 40 countries and 15 megacities, statistically representing the views of 1.1 billion people. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used, and hundreds of hours are spent with consumers from different cultures.