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smartclip Publish Findings On Connected TV Users

smartclip, the multiscreen video and brand advertising platform, has published the findings of the first ever research on Connected TV users.
In association with the Research Now institute's online panel, smartclip has summarised the findings in the research paper "Multiscreen is reality - how Connected TV is changing the television landscape". The research found that with every new purchase of a television set the penetration of smart TV devices increases. Connected TV is internet enabled, bringing increasing numbers of online services directly into a domestic environment and onto the largest TV screen in the living room.
Shirlene Chandrapal, Vice President Connected TV and Mobile at smartclip, summarises the findings of the study which, for the first time, provides an in-depth look at user behaviour and preferences on Connected TV, and how it is set to change the television landscape forever: "The target groups that are highly sought after by advertisers are the ones making use of all digital end-devices. They use the new opportunities that Connected TV presents across tablet, PC and smartphone screens intuitively and individually, whilst combining them so that each screen's strength plays to the other. The move towards buying an internet-capable television sets the trend towards second screen usage amongst users who are accessing the internet via smartphone, tablet, PC or notebook whilst also watching TV, competing for the attention of consumers, and drawing them away from linear TV. Once you have got to grips with the extent of the opportunity that Connected TV presents, the possibilities are endless."
The main findings in summary:
•The simultaneous use of internet and TV is now an everyday reality:
•Nearly two-thirds of respondents use the internet frequently whilst watching television.
•26% of respondents are always online whilst watching television.
•Internet-based use of multiscreen viewing is most important according to the respondents of the study, exceeding TV viewing in terms of the length of time used.
•More than half the respondents (56%) already own the devices necessary to use the internet via a TV screen, whether directly via smart TV devices, or via a Connected TV device such as a Blu-ray player or a gaming console connected to the TV set.
•70% of users are already using the online capabilities at least occasionally, and the research suggests a strong increase, with 55.1% of respondents planning to purchase Connected TV devices. This figure outstrips the predicted take up of smartphones (50.2%)
•These Connected TV users are a unique user group presenting advertisers with new targeting opportunities.
•Representative of the general population, with above-average education, family orientated and consisting of a large proportion of 29-39 year old males, they are a target group difficult to reach through traditional TV channels.
•It is now becoming widely acceptable for new content to be targeted to individual sets via Connected TV, at a time when consumers are connected.
•Connected TV users are heavy consumers of a broader digital offering.
•The online content used on the television screen, in addition to YouTube and Facebook, consists for the most part of weather, gaming, music and news apps, which are used by nearly one in three at least once a week, taking time away from traditional TV viewing. The time spent engaging with the television screen appears to be changing, with many more opportunities for interaction.
•User interest in the capabilities of Connected TV is extremely high. For the consumer, connected TV signifies above all a greater freedom of choice.
•Non-linear viewing of series and films leads the rankings with interest from 84% of viewers.
•Traditional TV content remains relevant but being able to view the content at a time that suits the viewer is a major advantage of Connected TV.
•Niche interest programmes that are no longer shown on linear TV play an important role in Connected TV for 66.5% of respondents.
•There is also scope for additional genres, in particular games, sports and fitness courses, which proved to be popular amongst respondents.
•Connected TV's USP: Multi-tasking – simple and convenient
•Connected TV is becoming the control centre of the living room. Consumers have more control, deciding when they want to view content delivered to a familiar home environment.
•Consumers use the interface for research, to chat with friends about a series, or to view their photos.
•It is easy to access personal content, call up videos, shop online or chat over Skype. This viewing behaviour is backed up by the study where 69% of the respondents see themselves setting up their own "TV homepage" in the future.

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