Almost 60 percent of smartphone users tend to watch videos on their phones rather than on TV, an indication of the threat mobile devices are posing to TV station operators, a survey has found.
Citing the findings of the Institute for Information Industry (III) survey, released on Friday, III research arm Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices (FIND) said 58 percent of respondents said they watched entertainment videos such as TV dramas, variety shows and music videos on their phones instead of TV.
The ratio hit 77 percent for respondents in the 18-44 age bracket, FIND said, pointing out that smartphones have largely replaced TV sets as the main vehicle for watching TV shows during traditional prime time TV viewing hours.
The survey, conducted among 2,400 smartphone users aged 12 or older, also found respondents favoring their mobile devices to watch live stream videos posted by celebrities or game competition organizers, FIND said.
Respondents in the 12-19 age bracket comprised the main audience of these videos and tended to watch them in the evening or before bed time, the research group said.
The survey also found that traditional news media is no longer the main channel through which people are informed about what has happened or is happening, and social media has become the major platform for people here to communicate with each other.
The heavy use of smartphones or mobile devices is the result of higher internet connection speeds and no limits to internet access because of flat service fees provided by telecom operators, FIND said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel