How Many Americans Own a TV?

Despite the fact that more than half of the homes in the United States have three or more television sets, the number of Americans that own a TV is dropping for the first time in 20 years. A combination of the switch from analog to digital TVs, economic recession and the growing popularity of watching TV online has led to a sharp decline — throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, about 99 percent of American households had at least one TV, but now less than 97 percent do.

More facts about TV:

  • On average, Americans spend about three hours a month watching video online, an amount that increased by more than 50 percent from 2008 to 2009 and was expected to increase even more dramatically in 2011.

  • The number of people who watch video on mobile phones also went up by more than 50 percent from 2008 to 2009.

  • Added together, the time the average American spends watching television adds up to more than 50 days per year.

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