The divide along a demographic line reveals the effect of Internet videos, social networks, mobile phones and video games -- in short, all the alternatives to the television set that are taking up growing slices of the American attention span. Young people are still watching the same shows, but they are streaming them on computers and phones to a greater degree than their parents or grandparents do.
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Some good news for the home entertainment industry – depending upon which segment of the industry you’re part of: Consumers spent nearly $18.3 billion in 2016, a 2% increase from 2015.
A new report from British telecom regulator Ofcom says that – for the first time ever – kids are spending more time online than watching television weekly.
The report said five- to 15-year-olds in the past year have increased their Internet time by some 79 minutes to 15 hours a week. Almost all of that time came at the expense of television. Young viewers in the past year spent 72 minutes less time with the television, and now average 13 hours and 36 minutes.
Mobile users in India looking to keep data usage down and still have access to online videos are getting a break from YouTube, which is rolling out a new feature that will allow consumers to download video at night when data rates are cheaper.
The “Smart Offline” feature isn’t currently offered from all mobile operators, but YouTube is making it available to any of them in the country.