In a First, Most Watch Web Video on TVs Now

Television replaces the PC as No. 1

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 26, 2012 5:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – The AllThingsD blog takes note of a tech milestone: When people want to watch videos off the Internet, they're more likely to do so on a TV rather than on a desktop or laptop PC. It's the first time televisions have ranked first (45% to 31%), and the switch happened in just a year. The percentages were essentially reversed in the survey by NPD last year. Netflix was a big driver.

"This is a story about devices," writes Peter Kafka. "NPD figures that 10 percent of homes now have at least one Internet-enabled TV (though I bet that only a minority of them are actually plugged into the Web), and we’re seeing a steady increase in the use of Web-video peripherals, like Blu-ray players, Apple TVs and Microsoft Xbox 360s."

A Netflix subscriber gets ready to watch a streamed move on the TV.
A Netflix subscriber gets ready to watch a streamed move on the TV.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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