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Streaming Service Use Now More Common than Cable Subscriptions

And that’s true for both millennials and their elders

More people are now using streaming video services than have a cable subscription, according to a May 2017 study from Fluent LLC. The survey found that 67% of US internet users watch or have access to a streaming service, while just 61% have cable in their homes.

Unsurprisingly, millennials used streaming services at a higher rate than their older counterparts. However, while more than three-quarters (77%) of millennials said they have access to a streaming service, so did almost two-thirds (65%) of nonmillennials.

Ways in Which US Millennial vs. Nonmillennial Internet Users Watch TV/Video, May 2017 (% of respondents in each group)

Netflix was king among both millennials and those ages 35 and older. More than six in 10 millennials (61%) surveyed had access to the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, compared with 45% of nonmillennials. Amazon Prime Video was the lone streaming service subscribed to by both age groups at the same rate—16% of respondents. Most of the other streaming platforms examined in the survey had a higher penetration rate among younger internet users.

Low cost was the top factor that persuaded respondents to pay for streaming content. More than one-third (34%) of respondents chose that as a reason for signing up for a streaming video service.

Nearly three in 10 millennials (29%) said they signed on to a service because it gave them the convenience of watching content on any device, while about two in 10 (21%) nonmillennials said the same.

Interestingly, access to original content had a strong pull for almost one-fifth (18%) of all respondents. Syndicated content was much less of a draw, named by just 7% of internet users as a reason for joining a streaming platform.

—Monica Melton

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