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Burst Media Survey Uncovers the How and Why Americans Will Watch Football's Big Event

Nearly One-Half of US Online Adults Plan To Watch the Game; One-Third of Viewers Will "Go Social" and Younger Viewers Will Rely On a Second Screen or More

BOSTON, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


In mid-January 2014, Burst Media surveyed 1,032 US online adults aged 18 or older about their plans for watching this year's Big Game for professional football. We covered how digital media and devices play a role in the viewing experience—not just for the football itself, but also for the commercials, half time show and everything else that goes along with "super" Sunday.

Key Findings

Overall, nearly one-half of US online adults will watch this year's Big Game. Slightly more than one-half (54.2%) of men will watch the game as will 42.3% of women. One-fifth (19.6%) overall are not sure of their plans to watch.

Most viewers will watch the game live. Four-in-five (79.7%) respondents who plan to watch this year's game will watch it live. Just 7.4% overall will watch it recorded (i.e., on a DVR or delay)—however more than one-quarter (27.0%) of 18-34 year-old men will watch it recorded.


The vast majority of viewers will watch the game at home. Overall, 3-in-5 (59.2%) respondents who plan to watch the Big Game will watch it from home; 13.9% will watch at the home of friends or family; and 8.4% will watch at a bar, sports bar or restaurant. Notably, more than one-quarter (27.3%) of 18-34 year-old men plan to watch it out at a bar/restaurant.

Viewers actually watch the game for the football. Overall, the majority (60.7%) of respondents who plan to watch the event say their primary reason for watching is for the football. Not surprisingly, men are more likely than women (67.5% vs. 52.5%) to cite "for the football" as their primary reason for watching. One-fifth (20.3%) of women watch the Big Game primarily "for the spectacle of it all," as do 15.0% of men. Other primary reasons cited for watching include "for the commercials" (5.4% men; 8.1% women) and "for the half-time show" (4.1% men; 6.3% women).

At least one-in-five respondents will go online before the Big Game to watch a commercial set to debut during the event. Overall, nearly 3-in-10 (28.8%) respondents say that in previous years they have gone online to watch a Big Game commercial before it would actually air during the game. In 2014, 1-in-5 (20.9%) say they think they will watch a Big Game commercial online before it airs—though an equal number (20.8%) say they aren't sure about this year.

Big Game viewers like to laugh when it comes to commercials. Slightly more than one-half (52.5%) of women and 53.8% of men say their favorite type of "super" Sunday commercial is one that's funny or comical. A distant second are commercials featuring animals: just 13.8% of women and 10.0% of men prefer these kinds of ads. Following in third place (6.1% of all respondents) are commercials with babies or children featured.

Younger viewers are more likely than older viewers to say they have shared an online video or link of a Big Game commercial. Overall, one-fifth (20.8%) of respondents say they have turned to their social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Google+, etc.) to share an online video or link to a Big Game commercial. However, among 18-24 year-olds, two-fifths (42.1%) say they have shared ads via social channels.

Smartphones lead the pack for going online during the game. Overall, 44.9% of respondents say they will check their smartphone and/or tablet at least once during the Big Game. Among these mobile respondents, 3-in-5 (60.6%) will use a smartphone to go online (via a browser and/or apps) while watching the Big Game. More than one-third (36.9%) will use a tablet; 23.5% will use a laptop and 5.8% will use another device not listed.

Younger viewers will check their mobile devices frequently. Among 18-24 year-olds, mobile usage during the game spikes: 3-in-4 (75.5%) will check their mobile device at least once during the game, including one-third (33.7%) who say they "will be on my mobile device all the time."

Nearly one-third of mobile respondents will "go social" during the Big Game. Among mobile respondents, 29.1% will check or post to social media accounts while watching the game; 16.8% will access mobile apps; and 15.3% will tweet about the game and/or lookup hashtags featured in commercials. Interestingly, 35.6% of 35-54 year-olds say they will "go social" during the game—beating out 18-34 year-olds (26.3%) and those 55 or older (20.7%).


Mark Kaefer, Marketing Director at Burst Media, is available for interviews about the survey.


Boston, Massachusetts


January 29, 2014


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Research Summary and Key Findings



About Burst Media
Founded in October 1995, Burst is a full service provider of digital advertising solutions for Independent Web publishers and brand advertisers.

We've grown up in the digital space and clearly see how it fosters vibrant and diverse communities that are redefining the way brands must communicate, interact and engage with consumers. For Burst nowhere is the power of communities more current than in the Independent Web – and the Independent Web is what Burst believes in. Where we succeed is bringing the Independent Web to brands that want to reach loyal, highly segmented audiences – no one does it better and at greater scale than Burst. Burst is the Independent Web – and through our direct publisher relationships and our cutting-edge creative solutions we bring success to publishers, advertisers and audiences alike.

Burst today is a wholly owned subsidiary of blinkx PLC (LSE AIM: BLNX). In addition to our digital media offerings, we also market AdConductor, an ad management solution, to ad-supported businesses such as ad networks, technology providers, portals and individual websites.

About Online Insights
Trends in Internet use and consumers' online purchasing behaviors are constantly evolving, so it can be very difficult to stay up to speed. That's why Burst Media publishes Online Insights—a research series that highlights emerging trends in online media and ecommerce. Findings reported in Online Insights are based on an online survey fielded across a collection of the company's sites.


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