Skip to comments.Americans Get Hundreds Of TV Channels, Can Still Only Handle 17
Posted on 05/07/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It seems every year Americans have more TV channel options than the year prior, but one number has remained consistent 17.
Thats the average number of channels viewers actually tune in to.
In 2013, the average TV home received 189 channels, up from 129 in 2008, according to a new report from Nielsen. Back in 2008 Americans tuned in to an average of 17.3 channels, as opposed to this years 17.5 figure.
Maybe thats all we channel-surfers can handle.
This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption, writes Nielsen. And that means quality is imperativefor both content creators and advertisers. So the best way to reach consumers in a world with myriad options is to be the best option.
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I’ve been happily stuck at zero channels for the past seven years.
I would love the option to choose to pay for only the few channels I want. I’m really tired of 25 Spanish stations, 136 sports stations, a History channel that seems locked on Ancient Aliens (with the world’s scariest hairdo’d idiot pretending he knows what he is talking about)....etc.
Guess I am old enough to remember the days when we only had 4 channels, but were lucky to live high enough on a hill to get a couple more from Ohio.
Than that 5th. channel signed-on using something called “UHF” and it was da bomb.
when you have 15 channels of QVC type channels, 15 sports channels, and a dozen left-wing news channels, it only makes it harder to find something worth watching.
It’s not a matter of not being able to handle more channels, it’s a matter of very few channels are actually worth watching.
“Americans Get Hundreds Of TV Channels, Can Still Only Handle 17”
Why over think it? It’s most likely that, out of all those channels, the average viewer only finds 17 or so that are of interest. Likely has nothing to do with being overwhelmed with channels. The variety leads to the number, IMO.
That would be great. I wonder how one would set up a satellite company that allows the people to subscribe only to the channels they want to watch.
I remember those days too, in black & white.
What’s a TV channel?
All them and I still end up watching reruns of I Love Lucy. </sarc>
Mine is Netflix.
We were the last house on the block to get color.
Just before Christmas 1975.
My dad had eight or nine black-and-white TV sets in the basement that people had given him. With that supply of spare parts and his military electronics training, he thought he’d never have to by another TV in his lifetime.
My mom forced him to buy a color set when us kids kept pestering her parents to come to their house to watch cartoons, the Thanksgiving Day parades, etc. in color.
Did not get cable until 1983 due to arcane political battles over who would get the franchise.
They are now doing the same thing to the internet, as my bill, which started out 6 years ago around $45, has now passed $60. So if they keep raising it, eventually I'll dump that as well. I don't think they realize how much business they are going to lose once people have to start paying thousands for "free" healthcare. Something has to give.
I think you mean MSNBC and PBS.
I dropped my cable a few years back. The channels I liked we’re spread out across “packages”. I as tired of paying $100.00+ a month and I only wanted to watch 10-12 depending. Lots of channels stay afloat that are watched hardly at all because they reside in a “package”. Oprah’s network is a prime example of this. Switch to al a carte and watch how quickly her’s and many other worthless channels (or channels with no demand) die.
We probably have over 500 channels (including about 200 HD duplicates of SD channels that we get), and there are probably about 25 to 30 channels that we watch with any regularity. It has nothing to do with how much we can handle and is instead a limitation of which channels have any programming that we are interested in watching.
Many times, especially during the lull where there are no good sport events active, we literally have 500+ channels and NOTHING worth watching available.
Mine is YouTube.
Actually the Spanish channels get boffo ratings.
One of the highest rated shows on TV is “Sabado Gigante.”
Ours was the first, in 1962. My parents also had the first TV on the block, back in 1947, the year they were married. The family story was that the living room in the second-floor walk-up (over the local bakery) consisted of two folding chairs, an orange crate, and the television. In '47 my father taught radio and TV repair, a GI teaching other GIs the career of the future. He would later become the TV repairman at downtown Wanamaker's in Philly, before taking an electronics job at the Philly Naval Shipyard, where he spent the remainder of his career, minus a three-year contract at Yokosuka NB, Japan. OTOH, my father never became was an amateur radio operator, and until his death in 1996, he refused to learn how to use a personal computer--he had lost his love for electronics when the integrated circuit replaced the transistor, which had replaced the vacuum tube. And that's more than anyone here needs to read :-)
Great - WTF do I have to pay? On the other hand, I have surfed onto the Spanish channel (Telemundo?) and some of the babes are just ... wow.
there it is... i watch maybe 5 channels in all... 2 are food channels, 2 are sports.... 1 is a true crime type of channel...
ha! my watches novellas... everything is very dramatic :)
Spanish speaking TV will probably thrive. Last year we started seeing Spanish TV shows performing very well in the nightly ratings.
Half the channels advertise stuff we would never buy. Why are we paying for their commercials and they are also paying DirtecTV for their commercial space??? We will ditch it next January when our contract expires. We don’t get that much out of it.
what do you watch? i think Netflix offers the best television viewing right now...
The actresses on the novelas are way hotter than most of the girls on the Anglo shows.
let me try this again... my momma watches novellas... everything is very dramatic... she also watches Sabado Gigante...
I only had 2 in northern Michigan.......
Remember the "horizontal hold" and "vertical hold" buttons on the TV?.......and tinfoil on the rabbit ears..........LOL!
Too many channels, and most are crap.
That's what I want to do, but if you cut cable, how do you still get local?
No matter how many channels they add, there is still only so many hours a day we can watch. And these channel guides now can take 30 minutes to scroll through.
I usually just scroll down to the first thing I see that looks tolerable since I usually only half pay attention anyway and DVR the few shows I really care about, speaking of which, the new “24” began this week.
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Yea, I once watched a station for about 2 minutes before I realized that the woman was speaking in Spanish. It was another 2 minutes before I realized that she was giving the weather.
I opted out of cable and only access what the antenna provides. 20 channels in Spanish, 2 in Indian, 15 religious stations, 10 shopping channels, ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS. Only one I watch on occasion is ION except for NCIS on one of the local channels once a week. Just not much out there. I put a sign on the front of my frig that says: “Remember how much money you are saving” which I look at frequently.
I doubt I even hit 17. Maybe a dozen, recently managed to add FX into my world, but I think somebody else dropped out. Of course thanks to the DVR some shows stay in my view list without the rest of the network, I don’t even realize a show is coming back then all of a sudden it shows up.
I cut the cable late in 2012, and saved about $1500 to date. I don’t miss it at all.
Crazy hairdo guy is weird!
I watch,at most,a dozen of the 300+ channels I have,a third of which,it seems,are shopping channels.I very much want a la carte,even if it means that channels that I like are hit hard enough by it that they disappear.For the first 35 years of my life I did just fine with 4 channels (actually,it was closer to 10 in the 80’s).I think I could do it again.
I just got one of those little antennas from Radio Shack.
You’re welcome. I forgot to mention that if you have an older analog tv, you might need an little adapter box since local channels have gone digital. The guys at Radio Shack could help you with that if needed. I bought a new flat screen last year and just plug the little antenna straight into it, no adapter necessary. The only problem I have is if the dog stands in front of it and blocks the signal! Easily remedied.
As a matter of fact, I do have an older analog! Thanks for the info! :-)