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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our four-legged friends with square eyes: How dogs are becoming addicted to digital TV


Going to the dogs: Research shows the average British dog will happily sit in front of their favourite TV show for up to an hour

Dogs in the UK watch almost an hour of TV every day, according to new research.

Experts say the number of canines addicted to television is set to rise as the nation continues to make the switch from analogue to digital - because the clearer picture is easier for dogs to watch.

The average British dog is happy to sit for 50 minutes each day in front of their favourite shows and many get excited by theme tunes, the survey reveals.

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Labradors are 'top dog' when it comes to viewing hours per day, with some clocking up to two hours in front of the telly every day.

Dogs may be a man's best friend, but only seven per cent of the dogs surveyed were keen on watching football, with the majority preferring to tune in to top soaps Coronation Street and EastEnders.

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However, the Dogs Trust warned that leaving pets home alone in front of the television all day is not advisable as dogs are social creatures and need human interaction.

‘Like film, the image on your non-digital TV is really a sequence of still shots sent quickly enough to fool our eyes into seeing a continuous stream. But it's not fast enough for dog vision.

'The conversion to entirely digital television broadcasts will eliminate the flicker-fusion problem, making TV-viewing more viable for dogs.’

source: dailymail


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