Over half of young tablet owners use device while watching TV

According to the new Connected TV App Discovery Report from NPD Connected Intelligence, while watching TV, 56 percent of US tablet owners age 18-34 use their tablet for activities related to the TV program they are watching or for other programming related activities.  This compares to just 41 percent among all tablet owners age 18 and older.

The top three TV-related tablet activities among Millennials are; searching for programing to watch (34 percent), social media engagement related to a TV program (31 percent) and learning more about the program they are viewing (30 percent). Even more tablet owners age 18-34 say they want to use their device in conjunction with TV viewing in the future and social media is a driving factor.  Among Millennial tablet owners, 44 percent said they would consider using their device in the future for social media activity related to a TV program making it the number one way this age group wants to engage while watching TV.

“With the proper integration tablets can be an effective tool for increasing viewer engagement among Millennials and their broader social network,” says Buffone.  “Social networking is a key strategic element in the evolution of the high-profile networks this generation is viewing. Children’s, family, music, and premium cable networks should invest in social media strategies that complements their programming and encourages viewers’ to spread the word about shows they are watching.”

Top 10 Networks More Likely to be Viewed in Homes Where a Tablet is Used as a TV Companion

  1. Nick at Nite
  2. MTV
  3. Showtime
  4. Cinemax
  5. HBO
  6. Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. or Teen Nick
  7. Cartoon Network
  8. Starz
  9. Disney Channel or Disney Jr.
  10. ABC Family



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