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Monday, April 08, 2013

Broadcasters Worry About 'Zero TV' Homes

Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don't even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group "Zero TV" households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007.

Winning back the Zero TV crowd will be one of the many issues broadcasters discuss at their national meeting, called the NAB Show, taking place this week in Las Vegas.



Anonymous said...

Things just got real. Good luck getting us back. They're just gonna have to get a real job now.

Anonymous said...

Comcast. take note.

Anonymous said...

I'm one of the happier 5 million. Blow up your tv, cancel your newspaper. There's a better life out of you sofa and recliner.

Anonymous said...

Cost of the cable/satellite groups has made the too expensive for the every day guy. Spending time with the family is the way to go!!!

Anonymous said...

If they are so "worried", why don't they just go back to putting on quality entertainment on 4 channels like they used to? See 1962.