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Survey says Netflix is more popular than cable, broadcast TV, and YouTube

Published Jul 3rd, 2018 11:34PM EDT
Netflix vs. Cable TV
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An inflection point for the television industry has seemingly arrived as a new survey from financial firm Cowen & Co. shows that Netflix is now more popular than traditional TV. In a survey of 2,500 US adults, Cowen & Co. asked which platforms everyone used most often to view video content on TV. Netflix came out on top with a sizable lead of 39.7% of the results, while YouTube trailed behind at 17%, and basic cable came in third with 12.6%.

Meanwhile, Hulu (7.6%) managed to top broadcast (7.5%) by a hair, with Amazon Prime Video (3.4%) and premium cable (3.5%) circling the bottom of the drain. All in all, the four streaming services listed in the survey took home more than two-thirds of the votes, while cable and broadcast combined for a paltry 20%.

Cowen & Co. also separated users who still subscribes to traditional pay-TV services (in other words, everyone but cordcutters) into their own category and found that basic cable jumped back in front with 26% of the vote. But Netflix (24%) wasn’t far behind, even for traditional viewers — in fact, Netflix came in ahead of broadcast (19%).

“Over the long term, assuming [Netflix] is able to continue to increasingly offer great content, this lead clearly bodes well for further value creation,” Cowen analyst John Blackledge said in a research note on Tuesday.

Blackledge believes that Netflix will give shareholders plenty of reasons to be excited on July 16th when the company discloses its quarterly earnings. Netflix released 452 hours of original content in the second quarter of 2018, which is up 51% year-over-year and just slightly under the record 483 hours in Q1.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.