Category Archives: Polls
When we asked P&T readers about their favorite Super Bowl ads, a plurality said they liked the M&M’s spot introducing Ms. Brown. Over a quarter voted for the winner of the USA Today ad survey, the Doritos ad about the bribing of the dog owner.
If you were to do a “man-on-the-street” 50 years ago, asking Erieites of 1962 what they were willing to spend on media on a daily basis, they might pull out the change from their pocket and flip you a nickel or dime, enough to pick up a copy of the Morning News or Erie Daily Times. TV, all two channels of it, was free, along with the half-dozen local radio stations.
They could not fathom a cable TV bill the size of their heating oil or gas bill, or paying for tunes on the radio. But you do.
Have you ever counted it up; how much you spend on media every month? I’m not including the utility portion, such as the internet service, the smart phone data package, or the DVR box rental. But I have a series of four polls below, asking about what you spend, if any, on content from various media sources. Of course it’s all anonymous and no dollar figures are given, but answering the questions will give you a solid realization about your media investment, and the poll answers in the aggregate will show where our readers are when it comes to paid media.
I’d love to get your comments on this one, in the box below the polls.
When we last polled our P&T readers, we asked about your online video usage. A plurality said that they never watch local news video online, while over a third would occasionally do so. Just under a third would watch full newscasts or live video streams if offered.
There is much talk in the trade press about the looming spectrum crisis, with wireless broadband operators such as AT&T and Verizon screaming for more bandwidth, especially in the UHF “beachfront property” bands where signals can penetrate buildings better and have less dropout. That just happens to be where for the past 60 years your local television stations operate, and they are not giving up their “seed corn” without a fight.
The National Broadband Plan has called for an additional 500 MHz to be allocated to the wireless operators, a big chunk of which would come out of broadcasters’ spectrum “behind.” This proposal is coming after the spectrum that TV stations abandoned with the digital TV conversion.
So which side are you on; does the need for spectrum to operate smartphones and tablets and whatever next-generation technology is out there trump the outdated free TV model? Or is the highly-efficient, locally-responsive, and free one-to-many model of TV stations an inherent right of citizens in a representative democracy?
Where do you fall in the spectrum war?
- With the TV stations: keep free TV available in all markets (72%, 21 Votes)
- With the wireless operators: we need more spectrum to keep up with consumer demand (14%, 4 Votes)
- I don't have a horse in this race (14%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 29
In our poll last week about the media navel-gazing over their Hurricane Irene coverage, the majority of readers of P&T participating in our poll thought that the level of coverage was appropriate. Of course, that whole conversation died down when people saw the video of the real inland flooding damage in places like Middlebury, VT and Patterson, NJ.
Here’s a quote I recently read on my Facebook news feed:
I can’t believe that in the 21st Century I can’t watch the news (I) choose.
Well, actually, you can; kinda. Both WJET/WFXP and WICU/WSEE offer online video versions of certain stories. WICU/WSEE will also produce an online news headlines cast a couple times a day. GoErie will offer Web Extra video packages with big newspaper stories. Right now, no one locally is live streaming their news casts, nor offers an online archive of their casts.
How do you use local news video online (you can choose up to three answers)?
Right after the GoErie.com paywall went up we asked our Press and Tower readers if they would be willing to pay for site access. Close to 75% of respondents, including non-subscribers and partial week delivery subscribers said that they would not be willing to pay even $2.95 for monthly access to the portal. We will see how this changes in a few months.
Hurricane Irene is history and now the Monday Morning Quarterbacking has commenced. Some in the media, with their defensive thin skins clearly showing, are asking whether there was too much hype around the storm, and will it hurt next time if people don’t heed the warnings about a more ferocious tropical storm.
Can you over-hype a named hurricane in the post-Katrina era?
Did the media overhype its coverage of Hurricane Irene?
- No...based on the path and intensity they gave appropriate warning (59%, 16 Votes)
- Yes...it was much ado about little (41%, 11 Votes)
- I don't know...I'm ambivalent (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 27
When we last polled our P&T readers, we asked how media-ready you were in the event of a major storm. The highest vote getters were those that had portable radios and smart phones. Few had portable DTV’s that could receive the weather broadcasters forecasts and radar in their basement.
Over the past few days, the GoErie.com paywall has gone into effect. By now regular readers of the site are running into limited access and decisions are being made. What’s yours?
Will you pay for GoErie.com?
- I will NOT pay for GoErie access (64%, 47 Votes)
- I am a seven-day a week home delivery subscriber to the Times-News and get free GoErie access (23%, 17 Votes)
- I am a part-week home delivery subscriber to the Times News but will NOT pay for GoErie access (10%, 7 Votes)
- I will pay $6.95 a month for GoErie access (3%, 2 Votes)
- I am a part-week home delivery subscriber to the Times News and will pay $2.95 for GoErie access (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 73