The Media Stream: Millennials Are Device Agnostic

Ikea announced yesterday that it’s going to be selling Internet-connected HDTVs that integrate seamlessly into its furniture products. No more cords, and no more periphery devices — instead the TV is loaded with apps and the DVD/Blu-Ray player is integrated into a TV stand cabinet. TechCrunch gives the Uppleva system bonus points because it treats the TV like what it has become, “a glorified monitor.” We can’t help but agree; TVs are simply one of many devices people can use to access a media stream, whether it comes from a cable, an external device, or the Internet.

Millennials are far less interested in traditional television than previous generations. While the TV is the focus of Boomers’ family rooms, only 28% of Millennials agree that they couldn’t live without TV, according to recent Ypulse research. In fact, half of Millennials say they only watch TV when they’re bored.

But clearly Millennials enjoy entertainment and video. The difference is that they’re device agnostic. In a typical week, Millennials over age 18 most commonly watch TV shows on a TV (66%), but 59% also watch TV shows streamed to their computer and 24% watch on a mobile device.

They don’t care much about the screen, so long as there’s a way for them to watch what they want when they want to watch it. They aren’t going to rapidly ditch TVs in favor of watching shows only on their laptops or tablets, but they are going to expect that the next TV they buy will allow them to watch all their favorite shows wherever they may find them — regardless if that’s on cable, Hulu, Netflix, a broadcast network’s website, or some new app or website that’s yet to be invented.

Moreover, like their computers and phones, their TV sets are going to be multimedia hubs. They’ll expect to be able to stream music from Pandora,…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I hope to be a good person that can change the world for the better. I want to be an artist and an author and a musician in my free time, and be a veterinarian as my profession.” —Female, 15, WA

Xers and Boomers may look down upon the growing subset of Millennials moving back in with mom and dad, but instead of feeling bad for themselves, these kids are making it work. A closer look at their post-grad lives is being explored in Boomerang Kids—a photojournalist series inspired by one Millennial’s experience of moving back home after draining resources as a photography assistant. The juxtaposition of reaching towards adulthood while still living in their childhood rooms paints a fuller picture of how many are living day-to-day. (Fast Company

Wendy’s may be tainting the comeback of one of their most popular items—the pretzel bun—in a #PretzelLoveSongs commercial being called out for “lazy parodying.” Those who feel nostalgic for the ‘90s hit song “To Be With You” are cringing over the Wendy’s commercial remake, and voicing their extreme distaste on Twitter. Be careful playing with Millennials’ nostalgia, because not taking it seriously could land a brand in hot water. (Uproxx)

How can we make kids exercise more? Since dragging them away from their screens is more difficult than ever, Wokamon is a new app from China that is making kids bring their devices outside and take a walk in order to feed their virtual pets. The cute aliens feed on energy, and the app’s pedometer technology measures steps, distance, and calories that add up to advance pets to new levels and unlock characters. Though targeted to kids, teens and adults can benefit from the app’s fun approach to fitness and sync it with other wearable trackers. (Springwise)

One mom’s open letter to Lands’ End asking why there have been cool science shirts designed for boys but not for girls has quickly gained momentum online with other parents this month, and pushed the brand to launch an entirely new line of science-themed tees for girls who love NASA, sharks, and the like. The brand has been accused of gender stereotyping in the past, and is addressing the posts on its Facebook page directly by rolling out new science-themed styles for girls this fall. (Huffington Post)

Digital versus unplugged is the wedding debate of late, and the line between too tech-centric and being completely disconnected is one that brides and grooms are finding difficult to straddle. Social media is increasingly being used to create wedding albums via couple-specific hashtags, but some couples are so turned off by the near constant focus on camera phones during a wedding that they are enforcing device-free ceremonies. (NYT)

Quote of the Day: "A benefit of unplugging is getting a more personal view of the world back. (Social media tends to distort your perception to bend to what others are thinking/feeling/saying/doing.)” —Female, 25, MN

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