Where will the reach of the Internet invade next? Those of us who love our television programs are increasingly watching them with our mobile devices in hand. We use them to find our information related to things we've seen, and connect on our favorite social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Shows like AMCs The Walking Dead really play things up in the social sphere, asking fans to create or comment on different hashtags for each episode, then discussing them on the air. This extra interaction is often happening during the advertisements, and the "second screen" trend is changing the way people view TV in surprising ways. See more about TV going social in the below infographic from Confused.com.
Leading up to this year's summer Olympics, a few different studies have been reporting on intended Olympics coverage by media or device type. Research from Deloitte reports that 15% of US internet users would watch the games on a mobile phone. A study by Velti reports that almost four in 10 people using their smartphones to follow the Olympics will also do so by connecting with others by calling them or via texting. Safecount has conducted some of it's own research among its panel of US internet users. Data reported in this post are among smartphone owners 18-44.
Not surprisingly, although smartphone owners 18-44 plan to follow the games on their mobile phones, 66% of them still plan to follow via live TV and 29% via Tivo/DVR/previously recorded TV. When this same group is asked what their primary source of coverage would be, these figures are 47% and 11% respectively. However, 13% will follow primarily via streaming computer/laptop coverage. And only 2% of these smartphone owners will follow streaming coverage primarily from their phones.
This data is in line with the thinking that fans will be watching from multiple devices. While smartphone owners are watching the Olympics on TV, 24% of... Read more