Streaming media players are the most frequently used Internet-connected entertainment device, with 41% of owners using their players daily or almost daily.
According to Parks Associates only 34% of smart TV or smart PVR/PVR owners use these devices daily. The firm’s 360 Deep Dive: Streaming Device Use and Setup in the Connected Home shows that among consumers who say their streaming media player is their preferred device for accessing online content, they report spending 10.4 hours per week watching online video content on this device.
“The smart TV is the most commonly used Internet-connected entertainment device, and it is the device most commonly associated with pay-TV services, but when looking specifically at device owners, consumers are spending more time online with their streaming media players,” said Kristen Hanich, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.
“Sixty percent of households that have at least one internet-connected entertainment device own multiple devices – their viewing habits often vary by device as well as by room, with some devices and rooms over-indexing in terms of content type watched.”
The new research by Parks Associates shows that owners of smart TVs spend 9.8 hours per week watching pay-TV content and streaming media player owners watch content from online services 10.4 hours per week.
While almost half of US broadband households own a gaming console, only 37% of households actually connect that device to the internet.
44% of US broadband households connect a smart TV to the internet, while 53% of households own this product.
Over 34% of streaming media player owners now own an Amazon Fire TV, up from 28% in Q1 2017.