The PC is Becoming the New TV

The LA TIMES’ David Colker reports if you’re watching more TV on your computer these days — and less on an actual TV — you’re not

The Times points to a survey by the nonprofit Conference Board released Tuesday which showed that nearly a quarter of households in the U.S. now view television programs online. That’s up from 20% last year.

The quarterly Consumer Internet Barometer survey found that news shows were watched by 43% of online viewers, followed by sitcoms, comedies and dramas, watched by 35%. Slightly less than 20% viewed reality shows online, and 18% took in sports.

Viewership of the Hulu online service — which offers shows from NBC, ABC, Fox and others — nearly quadrupled from last year, but that’s not a big surprise because Hulu didn’t debut until March 2007.

The survey found that 90% of online viewers watch at home. The remaining 10% watch at the office.

Copyright © 2009, The Los Angeles Times

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