New research from In-Stat suggests that US consumers could spend as much as US$5 billion less on mobile, broadband and subscription TV in the next 12 months. Despite the expected decrease in spending, broadband will remain an integral part to many Americans lives. More than 66 million consumers across demographic categories are using the Internet while camped out on their sofas watching TV, according to In-Stat. "Some male age groups had 40% to 50% of respondents using a PC while watching TV, and about 30% of females under the age of 40 are also using a PC while watching TV," says Gerry Kaufhold, an In-Stat analyst. "New approaches using online web portals synchronized to a TV program will continue to develop, because they present no new costs. Cable TV operators also face increasing competition from lightweight services that deliver popular Cable programming, supplemented by content delivered via broadband."