Joan Ganz Cooney Center – Less Than Half of Kids’ Screen Time is Educational: Stats and Studies, 1/27/2014

study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center finds that children ages 2 to 10 spend less than half of their electronic screen-time interacting with educational material. The study also finds that time spent on educational activities decreases as the amount of time a child spends on an electronic screen increases, which also correlates with an increase in a child’s age. Two- to 4-year-olds spent a little over two hours a day using a screen, averaging an hour and 16 minutes on educational activities, while 8- to 10-year-olds spent more than two and a half hours each day using a screen, with only 42 minutes considered educational.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler declared the Commission’s commitment to strengthening E-Rate to provide schools and libraries with better Internet connections.

NPD Group is backing away from a recent study in which it claimed subscription video services like Netflix may be leading to a decline in premium cable subscriptions. This action came after Showtime, HBO and Starz produced data from SNL Kagan demonstrating a rise in subscribersNPD Group maintains that its study does indicate that the overall number of premium TV subscribers did fall, but that individual customers are becoming more faithful to their cable service by subscribing to more channels or adding channels over time.

Another NPD Group publication, the Connected Home Reportfinds smartphone penetration growing in the United States from 52 percent in Q4 2012 to six-in-ten mobile phone users in Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the smartphone market, increasing from 35 and 22 percent of users to 42 and 26 percent of users, respectively.

The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that trust in the media has fallen in nearly 80 percent of countries surveyed since the last Trust Barometer study in 2013. Media trust in the United States fell from 51 to 42 percent, below the global average of 52 percent. Globally, online search engines and traditional media are considered more trustworthy than hybrid media, social media and owned media.

new survey from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that wireless customers have warmed to early upgrades and financing plans for unsubsidized phones. From July to December 2013, about 31 percent of eligible customers from the four major carriers chose a financing plan to purchase their phone.

Nearly 3000 television stations were sold in 2013, a 205 percent increase from 2012according to BIA/Kelsey.

Seven new specialty web domains are set for release this week, including .bike, .guru and .clothing.


FCC Chairman Wheeler: Focus on “New Network Realities” – Stats and Studies, 1/21/2014

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler suggested that an open Internet, not broadcasting distribution, is more important to media opportunities and diversity. At the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council Media and Social Justice Conference, Wheeler discussed potential ways to revamp the FCC’s Open Internet order, struck down last week by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, before diving into diversity issues. While he said that it was “outrageous” that there is “no minority ownership of television stations in America,” he also said that the focus should be on “new network realities” and the potential for Internet distribution mediums to become highly controlled.

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia has stayed portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s order that sets maximum rates for phone calls by prisoners. Securus Technologies challenged the rates of 25 cents per minute for debit calling and 21 cents per minute for collect calls, claiming the lower rates would cut off money used by prisons for victims’ assistance and could weaken security.

An upcoming TV ad buy will tout the dangers of smoking – and the messages will come from Big Tobacco itself. CBS, ABC and NBC are set to be part of the “remedial” advertising campaign by tobacco companies, part of Big Tobacco’s 2006 settlement regarding the omission of health warnings in prior cigarette ads. African Americans suffer disproportionately from smoking-related illnesses, particularly African American men.

This year’s update of San Diego State University’s Celluloid Ceiling study of women in television and film finds that, while women are making modest gains in behind-the-scenes TV jobs, the picture is bleaker for those working in movies. From 2012 to 2013, women made up 28 percent of creators, producers, directors, writers, editors and directors of photography on broadcast programs, an increase of two percentage points from the previous year and tied for the historical high. But women only made up 16 percent of those same positions for the top 250 grossing films in 2013. Further, 36 percent of films employed zero or one woman in the jobs surveyed, while only two percent employed 10 to 13 women in those capacities.

A National Bureau of Economic Research study finds that the MTV reality series 16 and Pregnant and its Teen Mom spinoffs led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following the introduction of the programs. The shows were also linked to an increase in searches for pregnancy alternatives.

Point Topic data for Q4 2013 shows that the U.S. ranks 58th out of 90 countries in household broadband affordability, its $89 monthly average over twice as high as the average prices in Russia, Finland, and Belarus. North American countries also tend to pay more for lesser service, with higher costs than Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region for broadband upwards of 60 Mbps slower.

Tablet ownership and e-reading are on the rise – but so is print readership, according to the Pew Research Center. Half of American adults own either a tablet or an e-reader, up from 43 percent in September 2013, and the number of adults who have read an e-book in the past 12 months stands at 28 percent, up from 23 percent in 2012. However, the number of adults who have read a print book is up from 65 percent in 2012 to 69 percent in 2014, a rebound from a six percentage-point dive between 2011 and 2012.

Despite somewhat lower uptake among younger adults, nearly nine in ten adult broadband users subscribe to cable, satellite or telco-TV, according to new data from The Diffusion Group. Nearly 85 percent of adults between 18 and 24 and 81.9 percent of adults between 25 and 34 subscribe to a pay television service, compared with the average of 87.6%.

App use grew 115 percent in 2013 according to Flurry Analytics, led by a 203 percent increase in messaging and social applications.

The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to include wireless phones as a LifeLine program option.

The rise of e-readers has led to an explosion of Spanish-language book availability.

Pew: Digital Divide Persists, Is More Inconsistent – Stats and Studies, 1/13/2014

Media and Technology Institute Stats and Studies – January 13, 2014

The digital divide between Blacks and whites continues to exist, but is not consistent among demographic groups or technological platforms, according to the Pew Research Center’s new study on African Americans and Technology Use. While African Americans still trail white Americans overall in Internet use (80 percent to 87 percent) and home broadband adoption (62 percent to 74 percent), Blacks between the ages of 18 and 29 were as likely to use the Internet (98 percent) and have home broadband (86 percent) as their white counterparts. Cell phone ownership, smartphone adoption and social media use were equally popular among both racial groups overall.

The United States is tops in broadband subscribers but seriously lagging in fiber connections, according to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. While the U.S. is home to 93 million broadband subscribers and trails only Japan in wireless penetration, it ranks 14th in overall fiber connections and below OECD average in fiber growth.

After a visit to Silicon Valley to discuss spectrum auctions and the open Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler attended a town hall meeting in Oakland sponsored by Voices for Internet Freedom. There, he answered questions on concerns to communities of color, such as lack of high-speed broadband, minority access to the media, access to broadband by the poor and minorities and media consolidation.

After facing criticism for lack of diversity, Saturday Night Live has added two black women to its writing staff, as well as a black female cast member.

A study from technology company Ericsson, in cooperation with Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology, found that broadband speed may increase household income. This analysis of select OECD countries, along with Brazil, India and China, found that average broadband speed positively correlates with household income, with income leaps showing up at 2 Mbps for OECD countries and .5 Mbps for BIC countries. Potential reasons for this correlation include gaining technological services that allow for more productive work and exposure to the wealth of information that the Internet provides.

CBS News scores highest in journalistic quality and lack of bias according to a poll of news directors given by TVNewsCheck. CBS scored 3.16 on a four-point scale of overall quality and was considered to have “no bias” by 47.4 percent of directors surveyed. With the exception of CBS, all news networks declined in quality since the 2011 news directors poll. Meanwhile, Pew finds that Americans are less likely to recognize a top news anchor today than they were in 1985.

Forty-four percent of Americans use another electronic device while watching television, typically a smartphone, according to a report by the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Television Program Executives. Of those using a second screen, 67 percent are searching for program-related content. Only 13 percent of second screen users report that using another device makes watching TV “much more enjoyable,” while 67 percent find it makes their viewing experience “somewhat more enjoyable.”

Digital media sales have doubled in the past year, becoming the fastest-growing source of home entertainment revenue. Despite remaining a fraction of total home entertainment spending, digital sales surpassed $1 billion in 2013 and are seen as part of an offset for slumping DVD sales.

December 2013 broadcast station numbers from the Federal Communications Commission listed 776 low-power radio stations, 15,358 full-power radio stations and 1,784 full-power television stations in the US. These numbers are up slightly for full-power radio and television and down slightly for low-power radio from September 2013 totals.

A bill on telehealth modernization aims to standardize the definition of telehealth and promote its use. Meanwhile, a report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services warns of flaws in the push for electronic health records adoption, mainly surrounding fraud.

Media and Technology Stats and Studies – January 6, 2014

A new report on social media use from the Pew Research Center finds that over three-quarters of African American adults who use the Internet are on Facebook. African Americans are also significantly more likely than their white and Hispanic counterparts to use Twitter and Instagram. In total, some 73 percent of all online adults use some social networking site and 42 percent of online adults use multiple social sites.

Roberts Broadcasting Company sold its three television stations to ION Media, dropping the number of Black owned-and-operated full-power TV stations to zero, according to Free Press. This does not include the stations recently purchased by conservative African American media commentator Armstrong Williams, which Free Press states will continue to be legally owned and operated by the stations’ original owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Business review website Yelp is creating its own political action committee. Former Darrell Issa (R-CA) staffer Laurent Crenshaw joined Yelp in November as its first in-house lobbyist, with a focus on patent and copyright reform, as well as anti-defamation lawsuit legislation.

A new survey from, a project of CTIA – The Wireless Association, shows that 92 percent of adult Asian American wireless phone users consider wireless to be “an essential service in [their] everyday life” while half said their mobile phone is more important than broadband, cable television and landline phone service. Texting, email and Internet access are the most popular wireless features; job search and civic engagement are the least popular. Despite losing ground compared to a 2012 survey on the same subject, laptop computers continue to be the most popular hardware for reading email and going online in general among Asian Americans.

Fox News Channel continues its reign as top cable news channel, according to Nielsen data reported by TV Newser. While the network is down five percent in total daytime viewers and 14 percent in total nighttime viewers from 2012, its 1.76 million strong day audience and 1.1 million viewer night audience topped major competitors MSNBC (394,000 day viewers and 640,000 primetime viewers) and CNN (413,000 daytime viewers and 568,000 primetime viewers).

In other cable news, more end-of-the-year Nielsen data shows viewers watched 17.2 hours of cable television per week in 2013, a new record. Meanwhile, the Big Four broadcast networks netted an average of 7.5 viewer hours per week, a record low.

Internet advertising revenue for Q3 2013 hit $10.69 billion, up 15 percent from a record-breaking Q3 2012, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PwC US.

Ads in iPad editions of magazines grew 16 percent in 2013, according to a report from the Association of Magazine Media and Kantar Media. However, the number of ad pages in these publications’ print editions remained flat from 2012.

Pew: Public Libraries Still Important to Americans – MTI Stats and Studies, 12/16/2013

Americans still value public libraries in their communities according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Ninety percent of those surveyed said that the closure of their local library would have an impact on their community. While not considered the most important among library services, 58 percent of those surveyed found computer and Internet services at their local library to be “very” or “somewhat” important to their families, including 56 percent of Internet users without home access, who find the services “very important.”

Millennials do read newspapers, but not always traditional print, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34, 56 percent read newspaper media content in print or online. Seventy-one percent of millennials who are online access digital newspaper content over an average month, while 60 percent of millennials consuming newspaper content in print or online consider their paper to be trustworthy.

Time-shifted video and video-on-demand continues to grow in popularity. Consumer research from the Leichtman Research Group found that 47 percent of U.S. households have at least one DVR, up from 40 percent in 2010 and 23 percent in 2007. Sixty-one percent of cable subscribers have used video on demand, compared to 43 percent in 2008 and 10 percent in 2004. And Netflix subscribers watch an average of 19.6 TV shows each month, up from 12.7 in 2012 and 9.9 in 2011.

Hour of Code, an initiative encouraging children to take computer programming tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, is expected to reach 15 million kids with coding courses. As per this report from AllThingsD, 73 percent of Hour of Code students were from the United States and 51 percent were female.

The Center for Data Innovation’s The Internet of Things report identifies a variety of Internet-connected devices and the solutions they can provide to dilemmas in society. Notable examples include wireless bridge sensors to detect structural changes, smart pill bottles that send phone calls or text messages if a dose is missed and the Air Quality Egg, which senses the air in a small location, like a home, and aggregates the data for personal use.

ZenithOptimedia and GroupM predict that the global ad market will become more competitive as Internet-based ads go head-to-head with television ads. While TV will still deliver growth in ad spending – from 40.2 percent in 2013 to a projected 39.9 percent in 2016 – the rise in digital media and online video will boost Internet ad share from 20.6 percent in 2013 to 26.6 percent in 2016. Mobile advertising, in particular, is projected to grow by an average of 50 percent a year between 2013 and 2016.

Apple and Samsung are dominating United States smartphone sales according to Canaccord Genuity. The iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5C have been the top three best-selling smartphones at all four major wireless carriers since September 2013.

Nickelodeon: Kids Watch 35 Hours of TV/Week – MTI Stats and Studies, 12/2/2013

Nickelodeon released a report showing children born after 2005 watch an average of 35 hours of TV per week, a 12% increase over the last nine years.  The report also found the same kids spent an estimated 10 hours per week using other devices, including gaming consoles. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued revised standards limiting TV consumption to one to two hours per day for children over the age of 2.

In a blog post last week, Comcast NBC Universal reported it is on pace to complete the deployment of its iPv6 network by 2014. The company reports iPv6 is deployed to more than 75% of its broadband network.

SNL Kagan predicts retransmission fees TV station owners earn from MVPDs will increase from $3.3 billion this year to $7.6 billion in 2019.

The Foundation Center released a report showing a steep increase in the amount of funding for media-related projects. Between 2009 and 2011, 1,012 foundations made 12,040 media-related grants totaling $1.86 billion. The report also shows media-related grantmaking grew at a rate of 21% during the same time period, compared to just 5.8% of domestic grantmaking overall.


Media and Technology Stats and Studies – November 18, 2013

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2013 Math and Reading Assessments. Hispanic students made a two point gain in both fourth and eighth grade math as compared to 2011 results. Black students showed no significant improvement in math at either the fourth or eighth grade level. In reading, neither blacks nor Hispanics made significant gains at the fourth grade level. However, at the eighth grade level, Hispanics saw a three point gain and black students saw a two point gain compared to 2011. Asian/Pacific Islanders as a whole saw the most gains with a four point increase in eighth grade math and a five point increase for eighth grade reading students. White students scored one point higher each in math and reading at the fourth grade level and two points higher in math at the eighth grade level compared to 2011.

The Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) released a study linking the use of PBS Kids platforms in the classroom to improved mathematics performance among preschoolers ages four and five from economically disadvantaged communities. “Children who used the same technology without the integrated math materials did not experience the same learning gains compared to the control.” The study also found the PBS Kids platforms improved teachers’ comfort and confidence levels in teaching mathematics and using technology in the classroom. The study was commissioned by the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative. On a related note, NBC Universal took full ownership control of children’s television channel Sprout this week. PBS had held a 40 percent share of the network.

A Harris Interactive survey showed that while nearly a third (64 percent) of over 2,000 respondents felt “individuals” were responsible for safeguarding their privacy online, less than half (49 percent) reported actually reading recent privacy policy revisions for at least some of the social networks they subscribe to. The report also found one in five have never changed their social media privacy settings, and nearly a third (28 percent) have had their account hacked at some point.

forthcoming study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to be published in the December issue of Pediatrics, confirms the level of gun violence in top films rated PG-13 has risen dramatically and now exceeds that of the most popular films rated R. 

Half of America’s “downstream” traffic delivered over “fixed” broadband networks during peak hours is comprised of YouTube and Netflix traffic, according to a new Sandvine report. Netflix and YouTube accounted for 31.62% and 18.69% of downstream traffic, respectively. On Tuesday, research firm MoffetNathanson released a report estimating a loss of 113,000 pay TV subscriptions in the third quarter. Separately, Entropy Economics released a report analyzing competition in the Internet ecosystem.

NBC’s The Voice broke records Tuesday night by becoming the most tweeted about TV show in history. According to Nielsen results, 2.5 million distinct Twitter accounts viewed one or more of 595,000 Voice-related Tweets throughout the hour-long program. The traffic was generated by giving viewers the chance to “save” the bottom three artists on the show from elimination by tweeting the name of the contestant they wanted to continue with the hashtag #VoiceSave.