The cord-cut­ters

For­eign­ers in Shang­hai share their tele­vi­sion view­ing habits

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITY PANORAMA - Page Edi­tor: chen­[email protected]­al­

The fourth China Tele­vi­sion Con­fer­ence is be­ing held in Nan­ning, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, from Novem­ber 21 to 22, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by xin­ Novem­ber 21 is also World Tele­vi­sion Day, but do peo­ple still watch TV in this digital day and age? If so, how of­ten and what pro­grams do they usu­ally watch? Will TV sets be re­placed by other elec­tronic de­vices in the near fu­ture? The Global Times in­ter­viewed some for­eign­ers in Shang­hai about their view­ing habits.

The Ac­cen­ture 2017 Digital Con­sumer Sur­vey, which in­volved 26,000 peo­ple in 26 coun­tries and re­gions, showed that only 23 per­cent of view­ers pre­ferred watch­ing pro­grams on a tele­vi­sion set, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by CNBC in April 2017.

“I am not watch­ing TV any­more,” said Kseniia, a 20-some­thing girl from Rus­sia, ex­plain­ing that she works ev­ery day and she doesn’t have time. Petrov Strahinja, a copy­writer from Ser­bia and Katya Krasil­nikova, a 39-year-old event project man­ager from the UK, said that they too never watch TV.

How­ever, Eoin Hor­gan, a restau­rant man­ager from Ire­land, said, “I watch TV maybe two or four times a week,” while Rao Vi­nay from Amer­ica said that he watches TV ev­ery day for a cou­ple of hours.

To­bias Lunk from Ger­many told the Global Times that he watches TV only once a week in Shang­hai. But when in Ger­many, he watches it maybe ev­ery two days. He prefers doc­u­men­taries, movies, se­ri­als as well as “The Voice of China.”

Krasil­nikova thinks that watch­ing TV is waste of time. Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were echoed by Kseniia, who pointed out that there is al­ways a bunch ad­ver­tise­ments in­ter­rupt­ing her fa­vorite shows in Rus­sia ev­ery five min­utes. Like­wise, Strahinja said there is noth­ing in­ter­est­ing on TV any­more. “I like to use the in­ter­net now to choose my own pro­grams.”


Ac­cord­ing to a 2017 re­port pub­lished by CNBC, a sur­vey re­leased by re­search group GfK in 2017, which sur­veyed 10,000 US “cord-cut­ters” (who can­celed their ca­ble or satel­lite sub­scrip­tions) and “cord-nev­ers” (peo­ple who never had a sub­scrip­tion) said they pre­ferred streaming net­work pro­gram­ming over net­work broad­casts and ca­ble TV.

Chris­tine Ko­riath, a 32-year-old woman from Ger­many, watches China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion CCTV when in China. “It may help me learn Chi­nese,” she added. Hor­gan, how­ever, usu­ally watches news, cur­rent af­fairs or sports on CCTV 5, the TV chan­nel for sports in China.

Strahinja said that TV will be re­placed in the next 10 years be­cause the net is more use­ful and it has a big­ger range of pro­gram­ming. “Now, ev­ery per­son can choose what­ever they want to watch,” he said.

“It’s al­ready been re­placed,” Krasil­nikova told the Global Times. “TV is on its last legs.” She added that tele­vi­sion is not suf­fi­cient any­more, as peo­ple can get the in­for­ma­tion they need from else­where, like the in­ter­net. “There will be a new form of TV which is not like the one we know now,” she said. “It’s a com­pletely new era for tele­vi­sion.”

Lunk agrees, but ex­plained that TV and digital de­vices are two sep­a­rate things. “There will still be se­ri­als be­cause fam­i­lies come to­gether to watch TV,” he said. “But if they want to watch some­thing spe­cific, they will go on Net­flix or YouTube,” Hor­gan stip­u­lated, adding that he oc­ca­sion­ally turns on the TV just to pass time, “be­cause there is al­ways some­thing on.”

This story was writ­ten by Yao Ji­ay­ing based on a Global Times video.

Pho­tos: VCG and Yao Ji­ay­ing

Chris­tine Ko­riath Eoin Hor­gan Kseniia

Petrov Strahinja Rao Vi­nay

Katya Krasil­nikova To­bias Lunk

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