Viewers fast-forward their TV habits
Thirty-nine per cent of Kiwis now have the ability to fast-forward television advertising breaks, and it's becoming “a national pastime”, according to one research company.
Television audience measurement company Nielsen has issued a report on the first six months of its new Time-Shifted Viewing measurement, which was launched in January.
Nielsen said there had been an 18 per cent rise in the ownership of personal video recorders [PVR], including MySky HDi boxes, between January and July this year.
MySky boxes were now available to 24 per cent of people; another 15 per cent had access to devices such as MyFreeview, TiVo and Telstra's T-Box.
Such devices allowed viewers to record TV shows and view them at a later time, with the option to fast-forward through ad breaks.
In its annual report this year Sky Television said 47 per cent of its subscribers, or 382,500 households, had the MySky recording and fast-forwarding capability.
“How we watch television is changing,” said Canstar New Zealand national manager Derek Bonnar.
“While viewing hours aren't changing much, dodging advertisements appears to be a bit of a national pastime.”
Nielsen, which measures the viewing behaviours of 600 households nationwide, including for shows that are being time-shifted to be watched up to seven days later, said its figures showed only 3 per cent of total TV viewing in the sample was time-shifted. Just 8 per cent of viewing in MySky and PVR households was time-shifted.
The top time-shifted show in the six months was Downton Abbey, with 1.8 per cent of its audience watching between one and seven days after the initial broadcast.
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