In Seattle, people are still watching their local TV stations on their smart phones, tablets and laptops.
And they’re still using a smartphone to watch the big TV shows.
But they’re not doing it as much as they did when the TV stations were live.
People are watching more on the internet and other digital platforms, and those platforms are making TV more affordable.
A new study by the nonprofit nonprofit Public Knowledge and the University of Washington shows that as of last fall, about 5% of U.S. households were streaming TV, compared to just 2% a year earlier.
The average price for a single episode of a live TV show was about $8.75 in 2013, according to Public Knowledge, which analyzed the cost of broadcast TV on a range of platforms.
And that’s not even counting how much people spend on subscriptions, such as cable TV.
The study found that the cost per viewing is growing, and that viewers are spending more money.
The research also found that people are watching less TV than they did a decade ago.
The number of U,S.
homes with a TV has declined from 1.4 million in 1997 to 834,000 in 2013.
In some cities, it’s down by as much 30%.
“That’s not just about people who are not paying for it,” said Public Knowledge senior media analyst Jeff Kagan.
“That is a lot of households who are watching fewer TV shows than they used to, and they’re spending less money to watch.”
What’s behind the shift?
The study looked at how many households were paying for their cable TV and other broadcast television.
It found that as a share of total household income, Americans spent $3.07 per month on broadcast TV, while households with a smartphone or tablet, which have more capabilities, spent $2.38.
But households without a smartphone, which are used to accessing the internet or other digital services, were spending more than $1.00 per month.
The new numbers suggest people are paying more for cable TV, but that their spending is going down.
For example, the study found households with at least one smartphone spend an average of $6.80 per month per person.
But when they’re using a TV to watch TV, they’re actually spending less.
“It is clear that a lot more people are using their devices to access the web or the internet, and fewer are actually paying for the cable TV,” said Kristin Hinton, a senior research associate with the think tank Public Knowledge.
But what about streaming video?
The new study suggests people aren’t streaming TV all the time.
That includes watching Netflix on an iPhone, which has about 4% of the US market, and YouTube on a PC, which accounts for about 25% of US TV.
“You’re paying for content, but you’re not actually consuming it,” Kagan said.
“So you’re paying more to access it.”
What about streaming apps?
A few years ago, a lot less people were using a mobile app to stream TV, Kagan and others noted.
“We’re seeing a lot fewer people using apps that make streaming a TV show a TV experience,” Hinton said.
It may be more difficult for streaming apps to get attention from advertisers because they can be free, said Adam Eichler, an analyst at the online marketing firm App Annie.
But he said it’s a different story when a streaming app is priced competitively with broadcast TV.
He pointed to a new app from a Chinese startup called ZuYu, which was the first app to go live in the U.K. in February.
It charges a flat fee of about $1 per month to stream shows.
“I think this will be a bigger story to watch for the U,” he said.
But as streaming TV becomes more available, it could lead to fewer people streaming TV as much, Kahan said.
In the meantime, the number of people watching a TV program online has been declining.
But that’s probably not a big deal, said Kagan, because people are streaming a lot.