More U.S. households have Netflix than use DVRs

The number of households with Netflix now surpasses those with a DVR for the first time ever, a new study finds. The survey of 1,211 households throughout the United States, conducted by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), revealed that more than half of adults — 54%— have Netflix in their household. 

Meanwhile, 53% of households have a DVR. This is the first time that households with Netflix (including those sharing passwords) have surpassed the level of those with a DVR. In 2011, 44% of TV households had a DVR and 28% had Netflix. Other related findings include:

  • 64% of households get a subscription video on-Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu -- 51% of all adults stream any of these services on a monthly basis
  • 23% of all adults stream Netflix daily – compared to 6% in 2011
  • 81% of Netflix streaming users watch Netflix on a TV set
  • 64% of pay-TV subscribers have a DVR – compared to 49% in 2011
  • 60% of DVR households have DVR on more than one TV – compared to 33% in 2011
  • 65% of all cable and Telco video subscribers have used VOD from their current provider
  • 58% of all cable subscribers used VOD in the past month – compared to 42% in 2011.

“On-Demand and time shifting TV services like DVR, VOD and Netflix have permanently changed the way that people can watch TV. Today, over 50% of households have a DVR and, for the first time in the fifteen years of this study, over half of households have Netflix,” says Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. “Yet traditional TV viewing still exists. For example, 46% of adults agree that they often flip through channels to see what’s on TV.”