New technologies revamp old TV viewing habits

For many people, sitting down in front of the TV in the living room is an enjoyable activity. “I would never exchange this experience for watching online videos on a computer” some would say. It is understandable that for generations so used to traditional television viewing, it is pretty difficult to let it go. However, who said that old habits and new technologies can’t be combined?

Forrester has just released a new report confirming that new technologies sometimes revamp old habits. According to the study, the number of U.S. households that watch online video on a TV set is now up to 32.1 million, up from just 24.8 million a year ago. How do they watch on their TV sets? Well, the majority of these households use their game consoles to do so. In addition, the research shows that 18.5 million households now use the game consoles attached to their televisions to stream online video in the living room and this is a growing trend. Forrester estimates that by 2016, 66.8 million U.S. households will have connected their TV sets to the Internet and 89% of HDTVs sold will have the ability to connect to the Internet.

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