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Tablet computers now the second main TV in the home

Posted at 03 May 2012 16:37 CET by Seán Byrne

Tablet computers such as the iPad are rapidly eating into the multi-billion Dollar TV business, with an estimated 112.5m consumers expected to own one in the US by 2016, according to Forrester. The TV distribution doesn’t just affect TV sets, but also how content is distributed, such as cable/satellite operators and even related consumer electronics.

Aertv, which streams the Irish digital TV channels online within Ireland, said that roughly a quarter of its traffic is from mobile devices. The iPad accounts for 45% of these mobile devices, followed by the iPhone at 34% and other devices accounting for the remaining 21%. They say that most people watch TV on a tablet to resolve “screen conflicts” where family members dispute over what’s on the main living room TV.

Online viewing peaks around sporting events, such as where a sports fan hogs the living room TV and someone else wants to watch their soap (or vice versa.) Another common use for tablet owners is to bring television to a room or place where there is no TV set, such as in the kitchen, public waiting area or even in the bathroom!

According to Aertv, 80% of viewing on mobile devices occurs within the home. The average viewing time on the Aertv service is 12.5 minutes for the iPad, 10.5 minutes on the iPhone and 7.5 minutes with other devices.

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There are 11 comments

ivid
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 03 May 12 18:08
    The iPad is not a mobile device. It is a portable device like a laptop. Mobile devices are phones and iPods which you can fit in your pocket. I'm just saying ...
    Dartman
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 03 May 12 19:17
      I agree about mobile vs portable. A lot of folks like the 7" Tablets because they are easier to tote around and try to stash in a big pocket, but still big enough to easily see the screen for most people. I just got my second cheap Tablet at Big Lots here in the states because it has a capacitive screen, 1ghz cpu, plays angry birds nicely, and has HD video out for 99 bucks. I do sometimes watch my HD video captures on it, watch Youtube videos, check my mail, and surf a bit. It has WiFi only of course but I have that here and it works very well too.
      I can see tech savvy families using them as mini TV's and driving up bandwidth use easily.
      I also have a 4.3" PMP player that can do HD video and output to a TV in 720p. Now that is a mobile device and the screen looks great being so small but high quality, it just doesn't do what my bigger tablet can now.
      CharmedonWB
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 03 May 12 19:54
        In the field of portable electronics mobile and portable are oftentimes synonymous. Mobile phone meaning that you can travel and move around and still use it. It has nothing to do with the form factor of the device.
        DukeNukem
        MyCE Resident Commenter
        Posted on: 03 May 12 20:05
          I'm waiting for holodecks to come out., then television will receive a quick and painful death.
          BradWright
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 03 May 12 20:26
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by DukeNukem
            I'm waiting for holodecks to come out., then television will receive a quick and painful death.
            I think when the bad guy holodeck characters figured out how to get out to the real world, and that once there, they could actually hurt real people, the future of the holodeck was pretty much over. :-)
            Zzyzxroad
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 04 May 12 04:42
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by DukeNukem
              I'm waiting for holodecks to come out., then television will receive a quick and painful death.
              Maybe you are already unknowingly in one.
              olyteddy
              Senior Moderator
              Posted on: 04 May 12 06:03
                I'd just be happy to get UHF instead of UFO on this damned Cerebral Implant of mine. Totally wireless...
                ivid
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 04 May 12 18:53
                  Computer, freeze program.

                  Computer, FREEZE program.

                  COMPUTER, FREEZE PROGRAM !!

                  Nope, not in one

                  I disagree CharmedonWB and so does Mr. Facebook Mark Zutterberg. http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-ipads-not-mobile-2010-11

                  Mobile devices are a very specific category of devices adn tablets do not belong. For sales and usage statistical info etc. it should not be categorized as such and for good reason. 45 million or whatever iPads sold and categorized in the wrong category leads to very misleading stats...
                  tmc8080
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 07 May 12 01:42
                    Cable companies are in trouble...content freefalls out of the internet sky from and to all around the world! No more necessity to pay $30, $50, $100, $300+ for subscirptions! Modern tablets are now dual core processors with about a gb of ram. with video acceleration on-processor die. That's about entry level netbook/laptop territory of less then 4 years ago.
                    olyteddy
                    Senior Moderator
                    Posted on: 07 May 12 01:52
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by tmc8080
                      Cable companies are in trouble...content freefalls out of the internet sky from and to all around the world! No more necessity to pay $30, $50, $100, $300+ for subscirptions! Modern tablets are now dual core processors with about a gb of ram. with video acceleration on-processor die. That's about entry level netbook/laptop territory of less then 4 years ago.
                      Nah. They deliver the Internet too.
                      BradWright
                      MyCE Member
                      Posted on: 11 May 12 18:38
                        Quote:
                        Originally Posted by tmc8080
                        Cable companies are in trouble...content freefalls out of the internet sky from and to all around the world! No more necessity to pay $30, $50, $100, $300+ for subscirptions! Modern tablets are now dual core processors with about a gb of ram. with video acceleration on-processor die. That's about entry level netbook/laptop territory of less then 4 years ago.
                        I don't think cable companies are in any danger. There is still a very large number of households that don't have computers, and a very large number of those that do don't do anything on them other than Facebook, Twitter, etc., and Email. I believe it's an extremely small percentage of the U.S. population that actually subscribes to Netflix or other streaming video services. The overwhelming majority still uses cable or satellite for watching TV, and probably always will. And the cable and satellite companies will no doubt adapt if their subscriber numbers begin to fall substantially. Just as Dish Network (now called Dish) has already done by adding Blockbuster streaming video to their lineup.

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