You can watch Netflix on any screen you want, but you’re probably watching it on a TV

Peter Kafka, Recode:

Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs instead of phones, tablets or PCs.


Netflix isn’t an outlier, either. Last fall, for instance, YouTube said that its live TV service, which it had pitched as a mobile-first offering, was generating more than half of its streams on TVs.

The Netflix part is not a surprise to me. Netflix grew its brand with DVDs, inexorably tied to the TV. Add to that, the TV is (usually) the biggest screen in the house and set up as a social center, typically with comfortable chairs and couches facing the screen, with a table or two nearby for food/snacks.

But the YouTube live TV bit was a surprise. To me, that really shows the long-lasting pull of the TV, strong enough to pull a service born on your computer, over into the living room.