Average American watches almost 33 hours of television each week

The average American watched traditional television for an average of 32 hours and 47 minutes a week according to a recent Nielsen research report entitled “State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report 2011.”

The ratings giant said that American Seniors (Adults 65+) watched the most television, a whopping 46 hours and 16 minutes per week, followed by adults 50-64 who watched 41 hours per week.

Global PC sales fall in final quarter of 2011

After six months of increases, global sales of personal computers totalled 92.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 1.4 decline increase from the same period last year according to a recent report from Gartner.

The research firm says weakening demand for computers among consumers, caused by economic uncertainty, was the primary reason for the decline.

Interest in 3DTV rises in in Europe and China, falls in North America

Interest in stereoscopic 3DTV appears is rising in Europe and China while it appears to be waning in North America according to a recent report from DisplaySearch.

“We were surprised to find that 3D appears to be a far more popular feature in China than North America, and the penetration rate was two times higher in the last quarter,” said DisplaySearch ‘s TV Research Director Paul Gray.

44% of U.S. Mobile consumers now have a smartphone

According to Nielsen’s most recent monthly survey of 25,000 U.S. mobile consumers, 44% of them now own a smartphone, compared to just 18% two years ago. In Canada, comScore recently estimated smartphone ownership at 40%.

Young adults continue to be the leading age groups for smartphone penetration. Among 25-34 and 18-24 year old mobile users, smartphone ownership is now at 64% and 53% respectively.

Global demand for mobile TV increases

Consumers desire for “anytime, anywhere” entertainment is radically changing the traditional TV viewing experience outside of Canada, according to a global study released today by Motorola Mobility.

One notable finding in the global study of video consumption habits among 9,000 consumers in 16 markets was the rapid increase in mobile TV viewing in the past year.

Survey finds bigger is better when it comes to HDTV

A new Canadian survey confirms what Digital Home readers already know, that bigger is indeed better when it comes to high definition televisions (HDTV).

The Sharp Canada sponsored survey of just over 1,000 Canadians found that a larger screen size was the number one feature respondents wished their television had (24 per cent) and that a majority (54 per cent) wanted a television that was 50 inches or larger.

eReader sales expected to triple in next five years

Worldwide sales of ebook readers, such as the Kobo wireless readers shown here, are predicted reach 67 million by 2016, nearly triple the 25 million devices expected to be sold in 2011 according to a recent forecast by Juniper Research.

The research firm expects sales to remain strong thanks to falling prices, the price of the market-leading Kindle has fallen significantly (from $349 to $79) since it was launched, and the benefits of electronic ink technology.

Online Music revenues expected to reach $6.3 billion this year

Consumer spending for online music worldwide is estimated to reach U.S. $6.3 billion in 2011, up from $5.9 billion in 2010, according to a recent report from Gartner.

That number is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2012, and grow to $7.7 billion in 2015. While the numbers are positive, Gartner says the growth in online spending for music will not offset the declines in consumer spending on physical music (CDs and LPs).

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