05 May '11, 4pm

Drop in TV Ownership May Signal a Change In Consumer Electronics Purchases: Fewer TVs in Households - Does It Me...

Drop in TV Ownership May Signal a Change In Consumer Electronics Purchases: Fewer TVs in Households - Does It Me...

First Drop in TV Ownership in 20 Years Nielsen reports that for the first time in 20 years, TV ownership has dropped from 98.9% to 96.7%. It doesn't look like a huge drop, but the 2.2% represents about 1.2 million households that don't own televisions. Possible Reasons For Fewer TVs There's a few possible reasons. First, Nielsen suspects that when the big switch to digital happened a couple years ago, many lower income families decided not to spend the bucks on a new television and instead are just going without. But another possibility is that with the rise of streaming shows and movies online, many people have decided a TV is just an unnecessary item. Nielsen reports, "A small subset of younger, urban consumers are going without paid TV subscriptions. Long-term effects of this are unclear, as it's undetermined if this is also an economic issue, with these individuals ent...

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