New Reports Says DVR Viewing Goes On and On

Viewers continue to watch TV shows on their DVRs more than a
week after they air.

According to a new report from Nielsen, for the top 10 shows
reporting viewing after 7 days, about 5% of all viewing occurs between 8 days
and 29 days after a show airs, a significant figure not widely reported
previously. Science-fiction shows also tend to get high levels of long-delayed

With networks and advertisers currently debating how to
monetize delayed viewing beyond the current three-day standard, the new report
could stir additional debate. Several senior media executives want to sell ads
based on the number of viewers who watch within seven days of air. The idea is
getting some traction with advertisers who don't have very time-specific
messages, such as movie studios, retailers and auto companies.

The amount of time-shifted viewing varies by media type. For
broadcast, on average, 1.1% of viewing happens between 8 days after air and 29
days. According to Nielsen, 87.2% of viewing of broadcast shows are seen live,
5.5% are seen the same day and 6.1% are seen within seven days.

On cable, 0.6% of viewing occurs beyond seven days, with
93.3% live, 3.4% on the same day and 2.8% within 7 days. For syndication, 0.3%
of viewing comes beyond seven days.  Just
over 94% of syndication viewing takes place live, with 3.4% on the same day and
1.9% within 7 days.

Nielsen also said that people spent 4 hours and 24 minutes
watching TV live during the third quarter, up from 4:22 a year ago. DVR
playback rose to 22 minutes from 21 minutes a year ago. DVR playback dropped to
10 minutes from 12 minutes, while video game use remained steady at 13 minutes.

American also spent close to five hours a week on a
computer, using the internet and watching video content.

Jon Lafayette

Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.