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Majority of Tablet Users Watch Video on their Device, 1 in Every 4 Viewers Pay to Watch 

comScore Previews Findings from TabLens™, its Forthcoming Syndicated Tablet Measurement Service

RESTON, VA, June 8, 2012 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released new insights on the U.S. tablet market from comScore TabLens™, its forthcoming monthly syndicated service providing insights into tablet ownership and usage. The report found that tablets have quickly reached a critical mass in the U.S. with 1 in every 4 smartphone owners using tablets during the three-month average period ending April 2012. The study also found that tablet users were nearly three times more likely to watch video on their device compared to smartphone users, with 1 in every 10 tablet users viewing video content almost daily on their device.

“Tablets are one of the most rapidly adopted consumer technologies in history and are poised to fundamentally disrupt the way people engage with the digital world both on-the-go and perhaps most notably, in the home,” said Mark Donovan, comScore SVP of Mobile. “It’s not surprising to see that once consumers get their hands on their first tablet, they are using them for any number of media habits including TV viewing.”

Tablets Used by 1 in Every 4 Smartphone Owners as Connected Consumer Becomes a Reality

In just two years since the launch of the iPad, the first tablet to reach a meaningful market penetration, tablet adoption has exploded fueled by the introduction of new devices that appeal to various price and feature preferences. In April 2012, 16.5 percent of mobile phone subscribers used a tablet, representing an increase of 11.8 percentage points in the past year. Growth in market penetration was even more apparent among the smartphone population with nearly 1 in 4 using a tablet device in April, an increase of 13.9 percentage points in the past year. A lower 10.4 percent of feature phone owners use a tablet, suggesting that smartphone ownership is highly predictive of tablet adoption in the current market.

Tablet Users Among Mobile Audiences
3 month avg. ending Apr. 2012 vs. Apr. 2011
Total U.S. Mobile Subscribers (Smartphone & Non-Smartphone), Ages 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
  % of Audience that Uses Tablet
Apr-11 Apr-12 Point Change
Total Mobile (Feature Phone & Smartphone) 4.7% 16.5% 11.8
Smartphone Only 9.7% 23.6% 13.9
Feature Phone Only 2.3% 10.4% 8.1

Demographic Profile: Tablet Users Skew Older and Towards Upper Income Households

A demographic analysis of mobile device audiences indicated that tablet and smartphone audiences closely resemble one another in terms of gender composition, with tablet users just slightly more likely to be female than smartphone users. However, the age composition of audiences showed that tablet users skewed noticeably older than smartphone users. For both devices, the heaviest overall audience concentration was between the ages of 25-44. Compared to smartphone owners, tablet users were 28 percent more likely to be in the 65 and older age segment, and 27 percent less likely to be age 18-24.

Tablet users also skewed towards upper income households, likely a function of the high price point of these devices still considered a luxury good to many consumers. Nearly 3 in 5 tablet users resided in households with income of $75,000 or greater, compared to 1 in every 2 smartphone users.

Demographic Profile: Tablet* and Smartphone Audience
3 month avg. ending Apr. 2012
Total U.S. Tablet Owners and Smartphone Subscribers, Age 13+
Source: comScore TabLens and comScore MobiLens
  % Share of Tablet Audience % Share of Smartphone Audience Index of Tablet to Smartphone Audience**
Total Audience 100.0% 100.0% 100
Gender:      
 Male 49.2% 51.6% 95
 Female 50.8% 48.4% 105
Age:      
 13-17 7.3% 6.5% 112
 18-24 12.3% 16.9% 73
 25-34 24.4% 25.3% 96
 35-44 21.4% 21.2% 101
 45-54 17.8% 15.7% 113
 55-64 10.1% 9.2% 110
 65+ 6.8% 5.3% 128
Household Income:      
 <$25k 7.4% 11.7% 63
 $25k to <$50k 17.7% 19.5% 91
 $50k to <$75k 18.9% 19.5% 97
 $75k to <$100k 18.3% 15.9% 115
 $100k+ 37.7% 33.4% 113

*comScore defines a media tablet as a touchscreen tablet device with a slate form factor, a 7 inch or greater screen size and a data connection, but no voice plan. Single purpose eBook reader devices are excluded from this definition.
**Index = % of Tablet Audience/% of Smartphone Audience x 100; Index of 100 indicates average representation

Tablet Audience Nearly 3x as Likely to Watch Video as Smartphone Users

A closer look at content consumption on tablets found that more than half of tablet users watched video and/or TV content on their device in April 2012, compared to just 20 percent of the smartphone audience, with larger screen sizes making tablets more conducive to video consumption than their smaller-screen cousins. Not only were tablet users more likely to watch video, but they were more likely to view video habitually with 18.9 percent of tablet users watching video content at least once a week, and 9.5 percent watching video nearly every day on their device. Of those viewing video at least once during the month, 1 in 4 (26.7 percent) paid to watch content, highlighting the tremendous monetization potential this platform represents for content providers.

Video/TV Viewing on Device for Tablet* and Smartphone Audience
3 month avg. ending Apr. 2012
Total U.S. Tablet Owners and Smartphone Subscribers, Age 13+
Source: comScore TabLens and comScore MobiLens
  Share of Audience that Watched Video/TV on Device
% of Tablet Audience % of Smartphone Audience
Ever in month 53.0% 20.0%
Once to three times throughout the month 24.6% 10.3%
At least once each week 18.9% 6.7%
Almost every day 9.5% 2.9%

*comScore defines a media tablet as a touchscreen tablet device with a slate form factor, a 7 inch or greater screen size and a data connection, but no voice plan. Single purpose eBook reader devices are excluded from this definition.

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