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Steady rise in television consumption on smartphones, says YouGov

Jasper Hart
November 12, 2019

More than one in four watch TV on smartphones

Portable devices are becoming more and more popular to watch television programs on, according to new research.

The research, sourced from YouGov Profiles by Dixons Carphone-owned online smartphone retailer e2save, found an increase in smartphone, laptop and tablet owners watching TV programs.

More than one in four smartphone owners (28 per cent) now watch TV on their phone at some point in the week, with a fifth (20 per cent) doing so up to five hours per week. This marks an increase on 16 per cent in 2017.

In terms of other portable devices, one in five (20 per cent) of laptop users said they watch TV on their laptop for up to five hours per week, while 19 per cent of tablet users revealed they did so on their tablets.

This marks an increase from 18 per cent of laptop users and 17 per cent of tablet users in 2018 respectively.

On average, 20 per cent of respondents said they were likely to catch up on their favourite shows on their phones, while 23 per cent of commuters were likely to do so.

e2save mobiles expert Joe Linnington said of the findings: “Over recent years we’ve seen smartphones become so advanced that it’s no surprise most of us don’t wait until we get home to binge the latest box set.

With the development on 1080p screens, ultra-fast processors, and even 5G, it’s very easy to see why the smartphone is dethroning the television.

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