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United States Media Stats

Background:

Despite the prominence of Hollywood in world cinema, America does not have the highest cinema attendance. In fact, their 1.4 billion cinema tickets sold is half that of leaders India. Indonesia has the 3rd highest number with 190 million tickets sold. Perhaps that is because of the number of films produced annually, with the US also 2nd behind India, 611 films to 946 according to 2003 figures.

Definitions

  • Films produced: Amount of films created in specified country as catalogued by IMDB
  • Households with television: Households with television are the share of households with a television set. Some countries report only the number of households with a color television set, and therefore the true number may be higher than reported.
  • Internet country code: This entry includes the two-letter codes maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the ISO 3166 Alpha-2 list and used by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to establish country-coded top-level domains (ccTLDs).
  • Mobile phones: Mobile cellular per 100 population (2002).
  • Personal computers > Per capita: Personal computers are self-contained computers designed to be used by a single individual. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Radio broadcast stations: The total number of AM, FM, and shortwave broadcast stations.
  • Telephone system > Domestic: A brief characterization of the system with details on the domestic components. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry: Africa ONE - a fiber-optic submarine cable link encircling the continent of Africa.
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  • Telephone system > General assessment: A brief characterization of the system with details on the domestic and international components. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry: Africa ONE - a fiber-optic submarine cable link encircling the continent of Africa.
  • Telephone system > International: A brief characterization of the system with details on international components. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry: Africa ONE - a fiber-optic submarine cable link encircling the continent of Africa. Arabsat
  • Telephones > Mobile cellular: The total number of mobile cellular telephones in use.
  • Television receivers > Per capita: Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Television viewing: Mean hours of television watched by each person per week.
  • Televisions: The total number of televisions
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Broadcast media 4 m 2008
Films produced 611 2003 2nd out of 50
Households with television 97.84% 2002 14th out of 142
Internet country code .us 2013
Internet hosts None 2012 1st out of 231
Mobile phones 48.81 per 100 people 2002 29th out of 43
Personal computers > Per capita 762.15 per 1,000 people 2004 4th out of 155
Radio broadcast stations AM 4,789, FM 8,961, shortwave 19 2006
Telephone system > Domestic a large system of fiber-optic cable, microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, and domestic satellites carries every form of telephone traffic; a rapidly growing cellular system carries mobile telephone traffic throughout the country 2013
Telephone system > General assessment a large, technologically advanced, multipurpose communications system 2013
Telephone system > International country code - 1; multiple ocean cable systems provide international connectivity; satellite earth stations - 61 Intelsat (45 Atlantic Ocean and 16 Pacific Ocean), 5 Intersputnik (Atlantic Ocean region), and 4 Inmarsat (Pacific and Atlantic Ocean regions) 2011
Telephones > Mobile cellular 290.3 million 2011 3rd out of 192
Television receivers > Per capita 803.21 per 1,000 people 1997 1st out of 178
Television viewing 28 hours per person per wee 2002 1st out of 13
Televisions 219 million 2003 2nd out of 214

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Internet Movie Database 2003; World Development Indicators database; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; International Telecommunication Union; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; Figures for European countries are from Andries van den Broek, 'Leisure across Europe. Comparing 14 populations, conveying 1 pattern' (Paper to International Association for Time Use Research, Annual Conference, Lisbon, 2002). The American figure is from Sanchez-Tabernero, Media Concentration in Europe. The Australian figure is from Australian Commercial Television 1986-1995 (Bureau of Transport and Communication Economics, AGPS, Canberra, 1996); CIA World Factbook, December 2003

Citation

"United States Media Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/United-States/Media

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In response to Frank and Iwekei

There are 219,000,000 televisions in the United States. This is equivalent to 754 televisions per 1000 people



As three-quarters of Americans do not live alone, it is reasonable to assume that many people will share a television with other household members (particularly small children).



According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2001 98% of households had at least one television set. Many homes have more than one television with an average of 2.4 sets per household. As an average household has 2.57 members, this equates to approximately 280,000,000 television viewers (assuming everyone living in a house with a television watches it occasionally).

Posted on 12 May 2005

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

Edria Murray<br>Staff Editor

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