Streaming of video content is growing -- but slowly -- when it comes to the ways that Americans most often watch TV.
A Harris Poll reveals that 23% say they are watching more
streaming television programming now than they were a year ago. But at the same time, 37% say their streaming viewership is no different than last year, and 7% say they are watching less this way now
than a year ago.
Nearly 20% expect to be watching more streaming television programming a year from now, while 4% expect to be watching less and half, 50%, don't anticipate a change.
Millennials continue to lead the streaming trend. Their non-streaming TV preference -- traditional TV -- has declined to 68% from 77%, while streaming preference has grown to 47%. from 41%.
Traditional TV programs remain the driver for streaming. Some 50% of TV's likely "core" constituents -- those who list streaming among their top go-to's for television shows -- say
they've subscribed to streaming services for access to specific shows.
In a note to TV marketing executives: 60% would like to watch pilots and then vote on what gets ordered as full
series. The survey also says 40% would be willing to pay extra for a service to stream current shows ad-free.
The Harris Poll researched 2,300 U.S. adults surveyed online between April 16
and 21, 2014."Watching TV" photo from Shutterstock.