CEA Data Shows Consumers' Preference for Video Mobility and Choice

Consumers are supplementing their traditional TV viewing with products that provide more viewing flexibility.

Arlington, Va., March 21, 2014 - Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its 16th Annual Notice of Inquiry seeking data on the status of the market for video competition. The following statement is attributable to Julie Kearney, vice president of regulatory affairs at CEA:

"CEA appreciates the FCC's insightful questions about the status of the video market. Twenty years ago, consumers could record and review live programming only through devices attached to their televisions. But increased mobility and greater access to video content mean we're now able to use our mobile devices to watch what we want, when we want, no matter where we are.

"Even at home, consumers are supplementing their traditional TV viewing with products that provide more viewing flexibility. For example, CEA estimates unit sales to dealers of network-enabled digital media players rose by 35 percent-while prices declined by 12 percent-from 2012 to 2013.

"Our comments today clearly demonstrate that the market for mobile video consumption continues to grow at a rapid pace. We look forward to working with the FCC as it continues to encourage technology-neutral, platform-agnostic solutions that provide consumers with diverse and innovative viewing experiences."

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org, DeclareInnovation.com

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