Personal video recorders (PVRs) are a pretty commonplace sight these days, but are they influencing our viewing habits? A new Australian study offers a couple of hints. PVR data isn't routinely incorporated into TV ratings in Australia, but a recent study by Audience Development Australia reported in the Australian's Media Diary gossip column offers some insights. It's no big shock that drama and documentaries are much more popular recording fodder, than news-oriented fare, but there's an interesting insight into media consumption habits of people who own Foxtel's IQ box:
The pilot study showed that series three of the drama Dexter on Foxtel’s Showcase channel was watched by 58 per cent of surveyed viewers live, 37 per cent watched it after recording it on their IQ, 2 per cent downloaded it or watched online and 3 per cent recorded it to a hard disc drive.
I'd suspect those numbers under-report the number of people using Chanel BT, if only because iQ owners are probably less likely to want to grapple with the intricacies of BitTorrent. Also, Dexter might not be the most representative series, since we can all safely assume that it'll be available on DVD soon enough. But despite those caveats, the number of people watching the show as it goes out is still remarkably high. What genres get your PVR going, and what programs do you feel you have to watch live? Share your habits in the comments.
Worth recording [The Australian]