49% of US homes have TV set connected to internet

June 10, 2014 08.23 Europe/London By Broadband TV News Correspondent

vintage_tv-set49% of all US households have at least one television set connected to the internet, according to new consumer research from Leichtman Research Group.

Connection is via a video game system, Blu-ray player, smart TV set, and/or standalone devices such as Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast. The 49% is up from 38% in 2012, and 24% in 2010. Overall, 24% of adults watch video from the internet via a connected TV at least weekly, compared to 13% two years ago, and 5% four years ago.

Connected television use is heavily skewed towards Netflix subscribers, with 49% of Netflix subscribers watching video from the internet via a connected device weekly, compared to 8% weekly use among all non-Netflix subscribers. Among Netflix streaming video users, 78% say that they watch Netflix on a TV set – a similar level to the previous three years.

These findings are based on a survey of 1,211 households nationwide, and are part of a new LRG study, Emerging Video Services VIII.

80% of all Netflix subscribers also subscribe to a pay-TV service, compared to 85% in 2012, and 88% in 2010.

48% of all non-subscribers to a pay-TV service get Netflix — compared to 29% in 2012, and 16% in 2010.

15% of Netflix subscribers agree that their Netflix subscription is shared with others outside their household,

47% of households get Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu Plus.

On a daily basis, 31% of adults watch video on non-TV devices (including home computers, mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and eReaders), and 58% weekly; up from 18% daily, and 46% weekly two years ago

Including connected TV sets, 34% watch any over-the-top video daily, and 61% weekly

“While this study is LRG’s eighth annual report on this topic, Emerging Video Services have truly emerged over the past two to three years,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.

“This recent growth was spurred by Netflix’s decision in the third quarter of 2011 to focus on streaming video, coupled with the proliferation of connected TV devices, smartphones, and iPads and tablets.”