Teenagers prefer to watch catch-up TV on computer

A new survey from YouGov in the UK has found that the majority of 18-24yr olds prefer to use a computer to watch catch-up TV rather than a set-top box. YouGov surveyed 2,148 people for FirstSource Solutions and found that 54% of 18-24-year-old Britons would ratherteens061306 watch catch-up TV on their computers than by any other method. This was in contrast to 16% of 18-24-year-olds who would choose to use set-top boxes to watch catch-up TV.

Those taking the survey were asked: “Which ONE, if any, of the following is your preferred method of catch-up?”

Taking into account all age groups, 30% who would rather watch catch-up TV on a computer, with 19% across all age groups having a preference for set-top boxes. Only 9% of the 18-24-year-olds polled said that they use set-top boxes to record programmes in advance, compared with 27% of all age groups.

DVD and Blu-ray box sets struggled to match the streaming services, with only 2% of Britons – and 5% of 18-24-year-olds – picking the optical media as their preferred catch-up method. Despite increasing smartphone usage, only 1% of Britons said that they used an online player on their handset to watch catch-up TV. The figure rose to 3% for those using online players via a tablet computer.


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