Netflix Addicts Love Cineplexes: Frequent Moviegoers Also Watch 50 Percent More Streaming Content, Study Finds

Teenagers are not only streaming the most content — they’re going to the movies more than anyone as well

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Netflix and the moviegoing business can live in harmony, it turns out.

People who frequently go to the movies are also more likely to stream more content at home, according to a new study from EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, which bucks the prevailing wisdom that Netflix is slowly killing off the movie business.

Instead, there’s a correlation between routine trips to the theater and heavy streaming, with 31 percent of respondents who went to the theater nine times or more in the last year spending at least 15 hours each week streaming content. On the other hand, only 15 percent of respondents who went to the theater once or twice in the last year spent at least 15 hours a week streaming.

That trend was consistent as the study worked its way from people who rarely went to the movies to people who probably had a MoviePass card. For respondents who went to the theater two times or less in the last year, they spent an average of seven hours each week streaming; that jumped to eight hours of average streaming for respondents who went to the theater three to five times in the last year. For people who saw between six and eight movies this year, their streaming average increased to 10 hours per week. And for those going to the theater nine times or more, they spent an average of 11 hours a week streaming.

The study, commissioned by lobbying group National Association of Theater Owners, surveyed 2,500 people last month. Age and race didn’t sway its findings. Rather, instead of shunning the movies in order to stay home and stream, the study found that teens between 13 and 17 were going to the movies on average 7.3 times per week — as much as any age group — while also streaming the most content, at 9.2 hours per week on average

There’s a strong correlation between streaming and moviegoing. Of the 500 respondents that haven’t went to the theater in the last year, nearly 50 percent said they spend zero hours each week streaming content (via NATO)

“Across all age groups, those respondents that visited a movie theater nine or more times in the last 12 months also
streamed at least 10 hours of online content per week,” the study said. In short, Netflix didn’t kill the movie star — at least according to this study.