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Mobile Devices And DVRs Shifting Global Media Consumption

HORSHAM, Pa. , March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola Mobility's Fourth Annual Media Engagement Barometer, launched today, reveals that consumers are watching an enormous amount of video, in some surprising ways, in unexpected places.

Motorola Mobility's Media Engagement Barometer is an independent global study of video consumption habits among 9,500 consumers in 17 countries. The study looks closely at new and emerging content trends, such as multi-screen habits and recording behaviors, which are dramatically shifting the way audiences are consuming video.

Notably, these trends reveal consumer frustration with the delivery of video content – a prime opportunity for service providers to deliver content experiences in the new multi-screen environment that are free of traditional boundaries and complexity… the experiences that consumers crave.

Key findings from the Motorola Mobility Media Engagement Barometer:
  • Consumers around the world are watching an average of 25 hours of TV programming and film content a week. Film viewing has risen from 5 to 6 hours. TV viewing is up from 10 hours in 2011 to 19 hours this year
  • Recording behaviors are now a constant of the content experience – but content is being forgotten; almost a third (29%) of weekly TV viewing is of recorded content, but almost a third of recorded content is also never watched
  • The living room remains the epicenter of the home content experience, but the multi-screen home is now a reality; the study shows the impact of Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones – on viewing throughout the home
  • Consumers want to be able to move content between devices more easily; 76% would be interested in a service that automatically loaded content a user liked to their mobile phone or tablet, to enjoy when on the move

John Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Solutions, Motorola Mobility comments, "This year's study shows us that consumers take their viewing experiences very seriously. They want to be firmly in control of the way they experience their videos, but they're frustrated. Increasingly, they're using tablets and smartphones to view their content, and they expect this experience to transition seamlessly across their favorite programs, whenever and wherever they like. Motorola is enabling this shift through innovation in the cloud, the network and the home. We're delivering content experiences free of boundaries, complexity and impairment."

One Day a Week Spent Watching Video Content – rise in hours spent viewing content

The study shows that the average consumer watches 19 hours of TV content and six hours of movie content a week – totaling just over one day of content a week.
  • The US sees the highest consumption, with 23 hours of TV and six hours of movies watched each week
  • The lowest TV consumption is seen in Sweden and Japan at 15 hours and two hours respectively

Multi-screen Romance – tablets eclipse broadcast for content in the bedroom

The living room is the center of home entertainment consumption, but consumers are taking advantage of the ability to watch the content they like in multiple rooms throughout the home, even in unexpected places.  
  • 50% watch broadcast TV in the living room
  • Highest in Sweden (81%), the UK (75%) and Australia (68%)
  • 36% of consumers globally are watching broadcast TV in the master bedroom, and countries with above-average consumption in the bedroom include Argentina (62%), the US (54%) and Russia (49%)

Smartphones and tablets are driving most multi-room content behaviors – they are watched more than broadcast TV in the bedroom (46% and 41% versus 36%). These portable devices are also used in less-conventional rooms; 10% of tablets are used in the kitchen.  

Tablet Owners – the hungriest for content

In general, tablet users could be described as 'super users:' watching more content on their own terms than non-tablet users.
  • On average, tablet owners watch 6.7 hours of movies a week versus the average of 5.5 of non-tablet owners
  • Tablet users are more likely than non-tablet owners to use a service provider's TV catch-up service (47% versus 31%). 80% of a tablet user's content is recorded, versus 65%

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