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LightRay
LightRay
6/16/2016 10:13:03 AM
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Modern observations
The quality of the screen and personalized nature mean that more people are watching video content on their smartphones even when there is a bigger screen in the same room... this is what I see in my house.

As batterlife gets longer, so this will rise, IMHO. 

Maybe the advent of ubiquitous 5G wireless broadband will change things - when folks can get hi-def uniinterrupted video while on a train, or in their self-drving car... peopole will be able to 'drive' to work and watch their personalized 'TV' channel at the same time.

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Adi
Adi
6/16/2016 10:24:19 AM
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Re: Modern observations
It's a battle between the quality of the larger TV screen vs. the personalized and usually on-demand experience of the smartphone or tablet. The tablet in particular seems to be nibbling away at more traditional TV viewing. It will be interesting to see if there is a plateau reached either due to generational change or just because there is a point where even millenials want to zone out while watching the big TV

 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
6/17/2016 4:29:19 PM
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Re: Modern observations
I'm personally not much of a video "snacker".

When I use my laptop or mobile device for viewing video, I'm using it in one location, not on the move. That's my preference, although I do see people watching video in various ways when I am out and about. 

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faryl
faryl
6/17/2016 9:28:01 PM
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Re: Modern observations
As a cable-cutter, I use airplay to watch a lot of my content - so often stream from my desktop/laptop, phone, or tablet.

I also don't like having a TV in the bedroom, so if I do want to watch TV in bed, I use my iPad or kindle.

Unless I'm going on a long trip via train or plane, it rarely occurs to me to watch video content (aside from youtube or a quick newsclip) when I'm not home!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/25/2016 8:34:00 PM
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Re: Modern observations
Me too, I also don't really like watching shows/movies on my tv. I don't know what it is, but the older I've gotten the less appealing it seems to me.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 10:10:40 PM
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Re: Modern observations
@faryl - that's actually a great point. Does this just count actual longer-term streaming? Like television shows and movies? Or do little clips count? Because I watch short videos of people making recipes and what not all the time, and I'll do that just about anywhere. 

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faryl
faryl
6/30/2016 10:26:13 PM
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Re: Modern observations
Good point. And if so, what percentage of mobile video use is people watching videos of cats? :) Your point also brings up the need for quantifying/qualifying "video content" with respect to video services dedicated to short clips such as vine or Facebook (though I don't think Facebook has limits, they tend to be shorter, I think). Though they may be short in duration, they're less negligible in aggregate (that may not matter for this specific study, more for studies in general)

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clrmoney
clrmoney
6/16/2016 10:50:54 AM
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Mobile viewers
I not shocked by this because eveyone has iphones etc. so of coursr they would watch more tv that is available on their phones.

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dmendyk
dmendyk
6/16/2016 11:04:40 AM
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number crunched
Adi -- There are interesting numbers here that lead to lots of speculative conclusions. The thing that really jumps out is that smartphones should now be added to the basic requirements of existence: food, clothing, shelter. It's a truly shocking development.

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Adi
Adi
6/16/2016 11:57:30 AM
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Re: number crunched
Truly shocking.

- Sent from my iPhone

 

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freehe
freehe
6/28/2016 11:53:53 PM
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Re: number crunched
Adi, I agree. Puzzled by this data.

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freehe
freehe
6/28/2016 11:57:21 PM
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Bad Adobe Research
This data is inaccurate. Just because a mobile device does not move does not mean the user does not move. This is comedy. In many instances when using my laptop I step away from it to make a phone call, interact with family, eat dinner, run errands. This is all speculative and just a way to push more products to consumers to generate money.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 10:12:53 PM
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Re: Bad Adobe Research
@freehe - another perfectly valid point, in fact I rarely move whatever device it is I am using to watch whatever I am watching. But I'll play a TV show on my phone while I am cleaning the kitchen, or any other random little activities. But my phone remains stationary. I always wonder about the agendas of various surveys when they bring out the information. 

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afwriter
afwriter
6/16/2016 11:54:10 AM
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Teenagers
First of all I find this study hilarious.  Second, it does not surprise me at all when you think of the amount of teenagers who are probably locking themselves in their rooms and binge watching shows on their phones and tablets. 

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vnewman
vnewman
6/17/2016 3:15:34 PM
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Re: Teenagers
I wonder how the research conducted. I'm assuming it was self-reported although maybe Adobe has a means of assessing separate connections. At any rate, they don't really specify the time frame either so I'm not convinced of the validity of the data. That said most everyone I know who streams either does so from work or like you said - from their rooms.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
6/16/2016 3:15:50 PM
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It's also hard to move...
Users are also probably trained NOT to move too far while binge watching because wireless coverage just isn't that reliable. Once you find a good spot with decent broadband... you tend to stay there until you're done watching bc if you move too far, you might get no signal or bad buffering.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/17/2016 7:44:23 AM
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Re: It's also hard to move...
@mhhf1ve - No you're totally right! Most of my "mobile viewing" is done at work. I work nights and we are allowed to basically do what we want throughout the night, so long as we are checking on the kids we're in charge of, and completing any other required tasks. That means we watch A LOT all night long. But the Wi-fi is TERRIBLE and even getting much signal is a challenge. (I just streamed a short video I found on Facebook and even that I could only watch if it was laying in an exact spot on top of the desk - I am very aware this is the best location in the building to get signal, for reasons I am not aware of.) Even picking my phone up caused the video to start buffering. That's one of the biggest reasons I prefer Amazon Prime, because I can download videos I want to watch while I am at home on reliable Wi-fi then watch them without issue at work.

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