Even as the number of paid streaming-video services like Netflix and Hulu become more accessible on gadgets, built into TVs and installed on videogame consoles, people watching video online still prefer free. Google’s YouTube service soaked up 48% of the time people spent watching online video, according to a March 2014 survey by nScreenMedia that was charted by Statista. Some 22% of their time was spent on Netflix, while 8% was spent on some combination of the free Hulu and Hulu Plus service. Premium channels like HBO, which offers streaming through its HBO Go site and app, grabbed only a small percentage of viewing time — those paying customers still preferred the old TV channel. The survey by nScreenMedia covered 1,000 people with broadband connections either through the home or a smartphone.

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