New Survey: Streaming TV Levels Surpass 80% of U.S. Adults in 2024
New Survey: Streaming TV Levels Surpass 80% of U.S. Adults in 2024

New Survey: Streaming TV Levels Surpass 80% of U.S. Adults in 2024

Press Release

Jennifer Flanagan

Feb 19 2024

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PLUS: An additional 5 million U.S. households expected to cut the cord in 2024

DENVER, CO (February 19, 2024)— Adtaxi, one of the nation’s fastest-growing digital marketing agencies, today announced the results of its 2024 Streaming TV Survey. The findings were clear: Americans are now choosing streaming as their default source for viewing content more than ever, sending cable and broadcast options into a sharp decline. In just the past year, there has been a 50% decrease in the percentage of adults who first turn to cable and broadcast for viewing content, as streaming has become the top choice for the majority of Americans, regardless of gender, age, or household income level.

“Each year, streaming utilization increases as more Americans move away from cable and broadcast options,” said Adtaxi Director of Research, Murry Woronoff. “A recent report from eMarketer supports our findings, claiming that they expect 10 million adults–representing 5 million households–to cut the cable cord in 2024. We anticipate streaming to continue to dominate the market as consumers rely on digital devices more and more.”

Among Adtaxi’s survey findings on streaming viewership: 

Default Source: 73% of adults turn to streaming services before cable (15%) and broadcast (6%). On average streaming is the default source for 73% of Americans. Over half of the most unlikely targets stream TV, including older Baby Boomers, the Silent Generation, and those with household incomes below $35,000.

Device Decisions: When choosing how to watch TV and video content, the majority (72%) watch through their TV set – but not exclusively. Over the past 30 days, respondents also consumed TV via their smartphone (59%), laptop (37%), and tablet (30%). On average, Americans use 2 different devices to consume content. 

Streaming Service Subscriptions: In 2023, only 62% of free streamers incorporated 1 or 2 different services, but in 2024, this figure has dropped to 48%, as the majority utilize 3 or more services. Paid streamers have increased from using an average of 3 services to 4. The average monthly expenditure of paid streamers is in the range of 70-75 dollars.

How Viewers Respond to Ads: On average, streamers who respond to ads do so in two or more ways. Over half (51%) go directly to a company’s website, 40% look at the company’s social media, and 36% consider a company review. 

Advertising Effect: When it comes to advertising on streaming services, a significant majority of respondents (two-thirds) have observed a rise in the volume of ads displayed while streaming. Of those respondents, half claim the increase in ads has a negative effect on their viewing experience.

Necessary Features: When asked what features are most important in a streaming service, a substantial majority of consumers (60%) said low price was a top priority, followed by a large content library (48%), commercial-free options (42%), and easy user interface (36%). The least important options for consumers are offline viewing (21%), personalized recommendations (22%), and professional sports (22%).

“The findings of our 2024 Streaming TV Survey are extremely crucial for digital marketers to utilize as they create their marketing and advertising plans for the upcoming year,” said Chris Loretto, EVP of Adtaxi. “As streaming continues to dominate viewership, utilizing both paid and free platforms will be highly important for reaching key audiences. Throughout 2024 and beyond, digital mediums will continue to be a necessary portion of marketers’ strategies.” To view the full report, click HERE.


This survey was conducted online using Survey Monkey, among a sample of 1,137 adult respondents. The surveyed population is balanced across U.S. geographic regions, income levels, gender, and age. The survey was conducted on November 2, 2023.

About Adtaxi
Founded in 2010 within MediaNews Group, Adtaxi made its mark in programmatic advertising before expanding into search, social, and connected TV. Over time, Adtaxi has refined and perfected its holistic performance-based strategy, which became the foundation of Quantum, originally launched in 2015. Leveraging the power of people plus technology, Adtaxi’s innovative full-funnel methodology leverages a variety of tools and processes throughout the client lifecycle to drive omnichannel optimizations across channels to maximize performance and deliver superior value for advertisers. Adtaxi functions as a true partner with its clients, acting as a single point of contact and support through multi-platform campaign cycles. Find Adtaxi on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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