While most viewers are sticking with live programming, new data suggests that consumers are becoming less interested in watching TV on Hollywood's terms.
For example, according to researcher Parks Associates, 53% of those who are aware of their cable company providing options for streaming content to other devices take advantage of the service -- known as "TV Everywhere" in common parlance. Parks also found that, when given the choice, consumers prefer Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX ) to cable video-on-demand or premium channels.
Separately, a June study from comScore found that 17% of users access television content via two or more platforms. Sports, news, and young adult networks count as much as 30% of their viewers as multiscreen users, PC Magazine reports.
This, Fool, is why Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN ) is reportedly working on a new Kindle Fire tablet. It's also why Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) has made the forthcoming Nexus 7 tab a bright-screen powerhouse in hopes of boosting sales through its Google Play audio, video, and e-book storefront.
Like Apple, both companies are betting we'll pay up for the right to choose what we want to watch, when we want to watch it. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is making the same wager -- and there are at least 1 billion reasons to believe he's right. Netflix served more than 1 billion TV and movie streams to customers last month.
We don't know how well "TV Everywhere" operators such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA ) performed by comparison, but if the Parks data is to be believed, the numbers are probably uninspiring. And yet, as an investor, I'd rather not assume. I'd rather work with more data, hence the poll you see below. Please vote to help us understand how and why your viewing habits are changing. And if they aren't changing, we'd love to know that too. And to get the scoop on the positives and negatives driving one of the biggest names in the rise of streaming media, just click here to access the Fool's new premium research report on Apple.
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