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.

U.S. Digital Music sales up in first half of 2011

The music industry had some pop in the first six months of 2011, with album sales up for the first time since 2004.

According to Nielsen and Billboard’s Mid-year Music Industry Report, overall album sales, digital album sales, catalogue album sales and vinyl album sales all registered increases in the first half of 2011 when compared to the same period in 2010.

Android, Apple and Blackberry neck and neck in U.S. Smartphone battle

A recent report by the Nielsen company suggests the battle for market share among Smartphone operating systems is tight one.

The research queried almost fifteen thousand post-paid mobile subscribers in the United States between November of 2010 and January of 2011 and found that percentage of smartphone users using devices powered by the Android, Apple or Blackberry operating system was nearly identical

Super Bowl XLV most watched program in U.S. broadcast history

According to preliminary results from ratings giant, The Nielsen Company, Sunday night’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLV on FOX was the most watched television show ever in the United States.

Rdio now available on Sonos

Sonos, makers of wireless music systems for the home, and Rdio, a premium music streaming service this week announced today that Rdio (pronounced ar-dee-oh) is now available to Sonos users.

Beginning today, Sonos customers in the United States and Canada can sign up to the service for $9.99 per month.

U.S. TV viewing spikes during Winter Storms

Ratings giant Nielsen has published some interesting television audience numbers for last month, The firm has calculated that the storm of January 10-13, 2011 was the most impactful storm on television viewing in recent history.

It seems that in addition to dumping record-breaking amounts of snow and ice across the United States, the nationwide blizzards and snowstorms also deposited an unusually large numbers of viewers, especially kids and teens, in front of their TV sets.

Three of ten American Mobile customers now have a Smartphone

Three out of ten (29.7 percent) of mobile subscribers in the United States now own smartphones according to October 2010 data from The Nielsen Company.

The research giant says the most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry, which each have 27 percent of the smartphone market followed by Android phones which have twenty-two percent of the market.

Two out of three Americans have access to broadband internet

The adoption of broadband internet access slowed dramatically in the United States over the last year according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The researchers found that two-thirds of American adults (66%) now have a broadband internet connection at home, a figure that is little changed from the 63% with a high-speed home connection at a similar point in 2009.

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