It may be no surprise that tablet users are embracing online video in a big way. According to a March 2012 study by the Online Publishers Association (OPA) and research consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates, accessing content and information was the top reason US tablet users reached for their devices, at a considerable 94%. Video was the most popular content that tablet users sought, followed by getting weather information and local news.
Short-form news and entertainment videos trumped long-form movies or television shows as the most popular videos watched by tablet users. A lofty 92% of those who consumed video on their tablet said they viewed short-form news and entertainment videos on a regular basis. Moreover, 64% viewed user-generated videos, like YouTube videos, on a regular basis. Fewer than half of the respondents said they watched full-length TV shows and movies on their tablet regularly. This suggests that tablet users are more apt to snack on the device—use it for short periods of time, as opposed to hour-long blocks.
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