Deathwatch: Televisions

tv Well, not quite a Deathwatch, but still a thing of worry - the amount of UK homes with a television has fallen for the first time ever.

Yes, despite Black Friday's scenes of riots over such things, it transpires that the number of households with a TV is shrinking, and has gone down from 26.33 million from 2012 to 26.02 million at the end of 2013, according to new facts from Ofcom.

Ofcom said that people are preferring to watch TV via their phones and tablet thingys, as nearly one million homes have a broadband connection, but no TV, indicating that other internet-connected devices are being used.

The popularity of catch-up TV is growing, and seen more as an accompaniment to a journey than tweeting "I am on a train lol".

In its Infrastructure 2014 report, Ofcom references BBC figures, which showed that in July 47% of requests for BBC iPlayer content came from tablets or mobiles, up from just 25% in October 2012. Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom, emphasised the obvious and said: “The way consumers interact with their TV, phone and broadband is changing as fast as technology is evolving.”

The regulator said the government and telecommunications industry are also looking at options to get superfast broadband into rural areas to cover the “final 5%” of UK households, but reckon that most households in general would need a 100Mps to cope with the needs of a family.

“Digital infrastructure is crucial to the UK’s future,” said Richards.

“As a country we are continuing to make real progress, particularly in the roll out and take-up of superfast broadband and 4G mobile services. But there is more to be done. We need to continue asking whether collectively we are doing enough to build the infrastructure of the future, and to maintain the competition that benefits consumers and businesses.”

We were probably a sentence away from words like 'engage' and 'solutions' there.

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    right. not quite a deatchwatch but hardly a thing of worry, we're talking about a decrease of a few thousand here. there are factors beyond the tablet and phone that will affect the numbers and, although millions of us have started to watch television on our devices, the vast majority see it as supplemental to our big screen TV rather than instead of it.

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