Writers’ Strike Could Benefit Online Video

January 25, 2008

This article is included in these additional categories:

Media & Entertainment | Television | Women

Most web users (79.1%) are aware of the Hollywood writers’ strike, according to a Burst Media survey about the ongoing writers’ strike and the near-term media implications (via Reel Pop).

The survey, completed in the third week of January 2008, asked 1,600 web users over the age of 18 years how their television viewing habits might change given a TV schedule impacted by the writers’ strike.

Among the findings of the survey:

  • Only 12.0% report not having heard about the strike.
  • If the strike continues and reruns become a fixture of TV schedules, many say they will watch less television (44.0%) or even go to the extreme and turn the television off (15.4%).
  • Only one-quarter of respondents say they will watch the same amount or more television (28.4%).
  • A potential schedule full of reruns has a greater impact on a number of demographic segments – including women 25-44 years, of whom nearly two-thirds (65.0%) say they will watch less television or worse turn the TV off (16.5%).
  • In the absence of new programming, the internet is an entertainment alternative many will consider: Two-fifths of respondents (39.6%) expect to use the internet more for entertainment purposes if their favorite TV shows are shown only in reruns.
  • Online video is a tempting source of entertainment: One-quarter (25.6%) of respondents say they will probably watch more online video as the strike continues to affect programming.
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