Nielsen Profiles Its New “Zero-TV” Households

by MarketingCharts staff

The most common way these households view content through an alternative device is via the computer (37%), followed by on TV internet (16%), via smartphones (8%), and via tablets (6%). Almost half of these homes watch TV content through subscription services.

The study shows marked demographic differences between the traditional TV home and “zero-TV” homes. The latter tend to be much younger: 44.4% are younger than 35, more than double the proportion (18.1%) of traditional TV homes.

Looking at ethnicities, 10.1% of “zero-TV” homes are Asian, compared to 4.5% of traditional TV households. Hispanics and blacks, though, are less likely to belong to a “zero-TV” home than a traditional TV home.

Meanwhile, “zero-TV” homes are more likely to have no kids (80.9% vs. 66.7%), and more likely to feature people who live alone (41.2% vs. 26.2%). Cost (36%) and lack of interest (31%) are the main reasons these homes have spurned the traditional method of viewing TV, and less than 1 in 5 are considering subscribing to TV services.