CRTC releases Communications Monitoring Report data on Canadians’ viewing and listening habits

Canadians are increasingly turning to platforms and devices connected to the Internet for their video and audio content, according to the CRTC’s 2017 Communications Monitoring Report.

Canadians aged 18-34 years old are leading the trend with 23% watching TV exclusively online. Nationally, 13% of Anglophones watch TV exclusively online compared to only 4% of Francophones. Overall, Canadians aged 18 years or older watched 3.1 hours of Internet TV per week in 2016, compared to 2.7 hours in 2015.

Although Canadians are spending less time with traditional television and radio services, these platforms continue to play an important role in their lives. Canadians watched on average 26.6 hours per week of traditional television in 2016, compared to 27.2 hours in 2015. Canadians aged 65 and over watched the most television at 42.8 hours per week.

A similar trend is occurring for audio content. Twenty-two percent of Canadians aged 18 years or older streamed AM/FM stations online, while more than 55% streamed music videos on Internet-based services. Twenty-seven percent of Canadians aged 18 years or older streamed personalized music, compared to 20% in 2015.

Regarding traditional radio, Canadians listened to an average of 14.5 hour per week, down from 15.6 hours per week in 2015. Canadians aged 65 and over listened to the most radio at 18 hours per week.

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