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Report: Fewer Television Sets in American Homes

Report: Fewer Television Sets in American Homes

“Americans are watching TV on devices that aren’t TVs, like laptops, tablets and phones”

Americans have been cutting the cord for years now, and a new report shows that a growing number are also ditching the TV altogether.

Recode reports:

After years of insisting it wasn’t so, the TV Industrial Complex now admits that it’s contracting: The number of people paying for TV has been declining for several years.

But that’s not the only part of the TV world that’s shrinking: Actual TV sets are disappearing from homes, too.

After years of steady increases, the number of TVs in homes shrank to an average of 2.3 in 2015, down from an average of 2.6 televisions per household in 2009, according to the latest available data from the Energy Information Administration.

The best-case scenario for that, put forward by the people who sell TV programming for a living, is that Americans are watching TV on devices that aren’t TVs, like laptops, tablets and phones. The flip side of that argument: You can do lots of other things on those devices, which creates even more competition for TV viewing time.

You can read the report here.


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I had a neighbor who had eleven TVs in his house. Apparently, he didn’t have a life.

I have two televisions, in addition to a computer and a tablet. Neither TV has even been turned on in years. Oh – I shut down the TV cable something like seven years ago.

    I should probably add that I haven’t watched _any_ current-production programming since I cut the cable. There simply isn’t anything being put out that I have any interest in – and that includes the n/e/w/s propaganda.

    Tonight’s movies are “The Right Stuff” and “Apollo 13”, both on DVD.

Sure, the number of “televisions” is going down, but the number of “screens” and most importantly the amount of “screen time” that the average American and in particular the average American child is getting is going up and up and up.