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Over-the-Air TV Homes Now Include 46 Million Consumers

New research shows minorities, younger consumers more likely to rely on broadcasting; 15% of homes exclusively OTA reliant

New York, NY; June 6, 2011: According to new research by Knowledge Networks, the number of Americans now relying exclusively on over-the-air (OTA) television broadcasting in their home increased to almost 46 million, up from 42 million just a year ago.¹ The recently completed survey also found that the demographics of broadcast-only households skew towards younger adults, minorities and lower-income families.

The 2011 Ownership Survey and Trend Report, part of The Home Technology Monitor™ research series, found that 15% of all U.S. households with TVs rely solely on over-the-air signals to watch TV programming; this compares with 14% of homes reported as broadcast-only for the previous three years. Overall, KN estimates that more than 17 million households representing 45.6 million consumers receive television exclusively through broadcast signals.

"As we've seen for the past few years, over-the-air households continue to make up a sizeable portion of the television viewing landscape," says David Tice, Vice President and Groups Account Director of KN's Media practice. "Our research reveals that over-the-air broadcasting remains an important distribution platform of TV programming, and that the estimated number of broadcast TV households in the U.S. has grown."

The survey found a small but notable number of homes that have canceled pay TV service at their current home. According to the study, 4% of TV households, which translates to 5 million TV households, eliminated pay-TV service in their current home at some point in the past and now rely only on over-the-air reception. Of these homes, most report overall cost-cutting (71%) or not enough value for cost (30%) as the reason for doing so (respondents could give more than one reason).

The survey found some minority groups are more dependent on broadcast reception than the general population, including one-fourth of Asian households and 17% of African-American households. In addition, 23% of Hispanic homes are broadcast-only, a proportion that increases to 27% among homes in which Spanish is the language of choice. In all, minorities make up 40% of all broadcast-only homes.

Homes headed by younger adults are also more likely to access TV programming exclusively through broadcast signals. Twenty percent of homes with a head of household age 18-34 are broadcast only, compared with 15% of homes in which the head of household is 35-54, or 13% of homes in which the head of household is 55 years of age or older.

Lower-income households also trend towards broadcast-only television, with 23% of homes with an annual income under $30,000 receiving TV signals solely over-the-air. In comparison, 11% of homes with incomes greater than $30,000 rely exclusively on broadcast signals.

The Home Technology Monitor™ is a service that tracks both ownership of over 100 media technology devices and services and the ways that people are using those devices in everyday life. The Home Technology Monitor leverages KnowledgePanel®, the only online consumer panel based on a representative sample of the full U.S. population. The 2011 Ownership Survey and Trend Report is based on a survey, fielded in March and April 2011 on Knowledge Network's probability-recruited research panel, comprised of interviews with a total of 3,343 households. The interviews included representative proportions of cell-phone-only, non-Internet and Spanish-speaking homes. The standard error range for a question asked of the total sample is approximately +/- 2%.

About Knowledge Networks

At Knowledge Networks we are passionate about research in marketing, media, health and social policy – collaborating closely with client teams throughout the research process, while applying rigor in everything we do. We specialize in innovative online research that consistently gives leaders in business, government, and academia the confidence to make important decisions.

KN delivers affordable, statistically valid online research through KnowledgePanel® and leverages a variety of other assets, such as world class advanced analytics, an industry-leading physician panel, an innovative platform for measuring online ad effectiveness, and a research ready behavioral database of frequent supermarket and drug store shoppers.

¹2010 estimates used March 2010 Census CPS estimates of 117.5 million total HHs, 2.6 persons per HH; and KN estimate of 97.6% of total HHs having a TV set
2011 estimates used March 2011 Census CPS estimates of 119.1 million total HHs, 2.6 persons per HH; and KN estimate of 98.2% of total HHs having a TV set

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