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More Viewers Are Choosing Netflix Over Live TV

Dave Parrack 24-08-2017

There’s currently a revolution happening in the world of television. And Netflix is spearheading the whole thing. The streaming service is spending billions on original programming 7 Awesome Netflix Originals You Should Watch ASAP Despite only producing its own content for a short period of time, Netflix has created some fantastic original shows. Here are seven Netflix Originals we recommend you watch as soon as possible. Read More , and this investment in groundbreaking television is beginning to change viewers’ behaviors.


People are increasingly cutting the cord Everyone Else Is Cutting the Cord, So Why Aren't You? I cut the cord back in 2013 and more and more people are following suit, completely ditching their cable service. But not everyone is cutting the cord, and we decided to find out why... Read More , cancelling their cable TV service in favor of a range of streaming services 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More . That is if they ever had cable in the first place. And Netflix in particular is now competing with regular network television. Even the lure of live TV is waning.

The Default Source for Programming

According to a recent survey by Hub Entertainment Research (via Marketing Charts), Netflix is on the up. The results of this survey suggest that one in five viewers (anyone who watched at least five hours of TV a week) now regard Netflix as their default source for television content.

More Viewers Are Choosing Netflix Over Live TV default programming survey results

While 19 percent may not sound all that impressive, this is 4 percent higher than in 2016, when 15 percent of viewers chose Netflix as their default. What’s more, once you add DVR, VOD, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video into the mix, the power of live TV as the default is weakened significantly.

The numbers get even more interesting when viewers’ ages are taken into account. This is because a whopping 50 percent of Netflix users aged between 16 and 24 now regard Netflix as their default source for programming. Which is significantly higher than the results for older age groups.


Original Programming Is the Key

It could be argued that there are too many streaming services Are There Too Many Streaming TV Services? So, you've dumped cable and launched yourself into the world of cord cutting. But what now? Is it possible that there are just too many TV streaming services to choose from these days? Read More , with more on the way. Even Disney is launching its own streaming service Disney Is Launching a Streaming Service to Rival Netflix Disney has announced it's planning to launch its own streaming service in 2019. Which means it's current distribution deal with Netflix is coming to an end. Read More in 2019. However, Netflix is still king, and these survey results suggest that its investment in original programming is really starting to pay off.

Do you currently have a Netflix subscription? If so, how many hours of Netflix do you watch every week? Is it your default source for programming? Or do you still turn to regular network TV first before heading for Netflix? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Michael T
    September 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    We still get most of our TV from the networks/Dish. But we have a Netflix account & use it regularly. We also have Amazon Prime, but have only watched original series on it.

  2. Ashton
    August 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I'd prolly get netflix myself, sadly in europe it's quite a mess and I don't see netflix showing what they offer. When I was on 1st months trial it didn't even offer it's originals I was interested in ;/ Afaik they added it later however in overall sense, I don't really see a point unless there's majority, and have no way of checking on their website.

    Most google results return us netflix offer which is pretty much useless in my country.

    Seems to be a thing with most product on demand services, once I considered getting prime but then again can't figure what prime offers are available in my country.