TV on tablets on the rise



One in three people would reach for their tablet, laptop or smartphone over the TV to watch programmes, according to a study.

Many of us would prefer watching programmes on our tablets than our TVs, according to a study.

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Research for broadbandchoices.co.uk found one in three of us would reach for our tablet, laptop or smartphone over the TV to watch shows.

Some 33% of the 2,000 people surveyed by OnePoll said they'd swap their telly for a gadget capable of streaming TV shows.

Researchers said faster broadband was leading to tablets and laptops becoming the first choice of many people for watching programmes, with the ability to view while on the go a significant influence.

Separate figures from Ofcom showed recently that more than one in three adults who have access to the internet watch catch-up TV online. This was an increase on the 14% recorded three years earlier.

A broadbandchoices.co.uk spokesperson said the landscape of home entertainment had been changed by streaming, with viewers in control of what they want to watch.

Dominic Baliszewski of the website said: "With so many different ways for people to view films and programmes over a broadband connection, modern devices such as tablets allow viewers far more flexibility to choose where and when they watch their favourite shows."

Many people watch catch-up TV via the iPlayer, and figures from the BBC show the Olympic opening ceremony was 2012's most popular iPlayer offering.

Some 3.3 million requests for Danny Boyle's Games spectacle were recorded.

Daniel Danker, general manager of programmes and on-demand, said: "Last year, the use of iPlayer shifted from PCs and early adopter devices like game consoles to screens used by all audiences. Mobile, tablet and connected TV skyrocketed, with a particular emphasis on audiences taking iPlayer on the go."

But whether on TVs or tablets, we're watching 1.5 more hours per day of video, film and TV, showing we're a nation of telly addicts.