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The Harris family are at the leading edge of a TV-watching revolution in New Zealand and around the world. A few years ago they watched free-to-air channels and Sky. Three months ago they dropped Sky because they weren't watching it enough to justify the cost. The family has subscribed to Netflix, the US internet-based giant which started in New Zealand in March, and their viewing habits have almost totally switched to commercial-free online viewing.
Teena streams an episode of Netflix on the TV at night after coming home from work and doing dinner and the evening chores. Her husband Craig likes movies and documentaries and dips back into free-to-air to catch the late news.
Their 14-year-old son Sam has moved off the big screen altogether, watching action dramas like Homeland on his iPad. Daughters Sally, 12, and Molly, 9, follow the same teen dramas on Netflix that they used to watch on Sky's Disney Channel.
"It's changed from watching what's served to you on traditional TV to going and picking what you want to watch," says Craig.
He says this comes naturally to Sam, who tracks down films, TV programmes and YouTube videos on his iPad. Craig likes the new freedom too but sometimes finds it hard work.
"For the older generation it's quite nice to switch the TV on and ... see what the state's serving up to you."
Nielsen research shows many Kiwis are still quite happy doing just that. The company's 2015 figures show 91 per cent of home TV viewing remains live and 72 per cent of us watch programmes only on a TV set. Broadcast television, both pay and free-to-air, continues to make up the vast majority of total viewing - 20.5 hours a week for the average TV watcher, compared to only 1.5 hours of internet viewing on other devices.
But the landscape is changing fast, thanks to personal video recorders (PVRs) and online viewing. Just over half of all households now have PVRs, either as stand-alone devices or built into another platform such as My Sky. These households record 18 per cent of all programmes and 22 per cent of prime time programmes to play back when it suits them and skip the ads.