Nielsen survey reveals habits of Netflix and Hulu customers

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Jul 28, 2011
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  1. Despite the growing number of smartphones and tablets that are capable of streaming online video content, the majority of Netflix and Hulu users still stream to a TV screen or…

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  2. I find I watch mostly on my 3DS now that it supports Netflix. I can take it to the bathroom. I can take it to the lkitchen when I cook. I can take it outside when I want to relax. I typically only watch on my computer when I lay down to go asleep anymore.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,720   +860

    I don't understand watching movies on a computer. Most people's monitors aren't much larger than 24", and desk chairs aren't the most comfortable thing in the world. Plus one, maybe two people can only watch at a time due to the diffusion you get from looking at a monitor from an angle.

    Just seems like a step backwards to me....
  4. Red87

    Red87 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Hopefully IPS panels become more widespread in the future, or rather more affordable relative to TN panels. I freluently watch movies on my computer and even when chilling on the couch or bed. I use a Dell U2711 and it really isn't bad with the huge viewing angle, but I don't think I could actually stay in my chair for the length of a whole movie.
  5. Actually if you add together Wii+PS3+360 you get those users accounting for 50% of netflix usage. The data needs to be reported differently to reflect the similarities of the consoles.


    Hulu users primarily use the computer for viewing

    Netflix users primarily use game console or internet enabled TV's/blu rays
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    maybe that's because wireless providers slaps you with a $50 fine if you happen to step outside of that little circle that they draw up for you.
  7. pabloker

    pabloker TS Rookie

    I think that watch movies on a computer is not bad. I have a 24" LCD and I watch HD movies without problem. Obviously, is better with a 42 LED TV and a sofa....

    I remember the end of the 90s when i watched movies in my 21" Sony Wega TV :( and I thought that it was "the best"
  8. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    I understand your point, but I disagree under some circumstances. If you're like me, your computer is in your room, and your bed is in your room, and your bed is way more comfortable than your couch. I also have hundreds of downloaded movies/tv shows and netflix and a bluetooth logitech dinovo mini keyboard/mouse to control it all with, and a Dell U3011 30" IPS monitor... the latter few items probably make it a lot more compelling.
  9. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    one of my computer (HTPC) is hooked up to the living room TV, so essentially i watch netflix on a 46" TV on a couch. it's only going to become more common.
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,720   +860

    Yup, howzz1854, they had a "connecting computer to TV" category. That I can understand and frankly, think is the future of television viewing.
  11. I subscribe to Netflix and use an HTPC connected to the plasma big screen to stream movies (rarely TV shows, except for the recently added Star Trek franchises).
  12. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    That about falls in line with how I use those services device wise. However my content viewing is completely different, I find myself watching a lot more shows & series over Netflix then I do movies. Mostly because of the lack of current content.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Yeah, that's how my set up is too. I normally use a monitor, but if I'm watching a movie, I clone the display to my HDTV and watch it on that.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I got a 1 month free trial of hulu plus. I tried to use it through my Sony bluray player and the experience is horrible. Plus I can add stuff to the queue on my computer and that doesn't show up in the queue on the bluray. Sony/Hulu's efforts for hulu are far worse than Sony/Netflix. Watching and searching netflix on the player is really easy and intuitive.

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