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Communications and media in Australia: How we watch and listen to content

This interactive report, Communications and media in Australia: How we watch and listen to content explores the changes in how we watch and listen to online and offline content over the past 5 years.

Find out what are we watching, how we use devices, streaming and online subscription services, and what are we listening to.

The report is part of the Communications and media in Australia series.

What we watched in 2021

What we are watching

  • We spent more time watching video content than before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
  • In 2021, for the first time, more of us used online subscription services than watched live free-to-air TV. Online subscription services increased to 58% (from 49% in 2019) while live free-to-air TV fell to 50% (down from 61% in 2019).
  • More of us watched catch-up TV (37%, up from 26% in 2019) and ABC iView remains the most watched service.  
  • Smart TVs have surged in popularity, with nearly half of us (47%) using one to watch online video content, up from 31% in 2019.

What we listened to in 2021

What we are listening to

  • Two-thirds of Australians adults (67%) used a music streaming service (up from 47% in 2019).
  • Spotify remained our most used service (used by 63% of music steamers), followed by YouTube Music (30%), Apple Music (12%) and ABC Listen (8%).
  • Radio audiences continue to slowly decline – down from 85% in 2017 to 77% in 2021. Only 52% of us owned a radio at home in 2021, down from 70% in 2017.  

About the report  

This report is part of the ACMA research program, which provides evidence to inform our decision-making. 

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