TV set ownership goes down for first time since 1992

dkreichen1968

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From The Article:
Blame the digital transition--or digital revolution, if you will--for the fact that the number of Americans owning television sets has declined for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Nielsen Co., which keeps track of how many televisions there are in the U.S., reports that only 96.7 percent of American households own sets. The last time Nielsen looked, that number was 98.9 percent.

The reasons for the decline can be traced directly back to digital. Low income households no longer own TVs because they cannot afford digital sets or antennas--or possibly because they can't receive over-the-air digital signals. And young, tech savvy viewers see no need for the devices when they can watch TV on their laptops, tablets and cell phones.

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MrPogi

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the question what qualifies as a "TV" (to Nielsen) is also up in the air.

For example, If I put a TV tuner on the computer, does Nielsen count that as a TV?
 

Chips

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The reasons for the decline can be traced directly back to digital. Low income households no longer own TVs because they cannot afford digital sets or antennas--or possibly because they can't receive over-the-air digital signals. And young, tech savvy viewers see no need for the devices when they can watch TV on their laptops, tablets and cell phones.
When it comes to Nielsen, this question always gets asked, What was the sample and where was the sample taken. I will give them, that some people may only use computers, primarily for DVD's and online video, but most people have TV's, some chose not to subscribe to paid video services and some may chose not to go the digital converter box, OTA, for lack of signal, or lack of desire, or funds to invest for an OTA signal, but most of them still have TV's and most of them are watching videos on those TV's. Okay Nielsen, if the DTV transition suddenly stop people from getting OTA, what happen to the TV's they had before the DTV transition? Did they scrap the TV's?, or all they watching free videos from the library on the same TV's? This polling data looks real questionable.
 

n2rj

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I find this hard to believe. Because flat screen TVs have been selling pretty damn well. As for low income households, where did all of the coupon eligible converter boxes go?
 

scandiskwindows9x

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#5
the coupons programs is just exoired is not longer active, the costs of a television with a digital turner is expensive everywhere, also since the CRT are discontinued because to the manufacturers of televisions are more cheaper manufacturate 1 LCD tfv than a CRT tv then that is probably the deep reasons,

also according with many people have more lead a CRT TV than a LCDTV which is something relative.
 

n2rj

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#6
The cost of a DTV set with a tuner is not expensive. You can get one at walmart for about the price that analog only sets were going for a few years ago. You won't get a 50 inch plasma, but you will get a decent sized set.
 
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