About half of Canadian households, or 45 per cent, own a gaming console, said a new survey by Media Technology Monitor (MTM), adding that many people use them to watch streaming content on their TVs. The MTM, a joint research project between CBC/Radio-Canada and BBM Analytics, said in polling results released Thursday that the Nintendo Co. Ltd. Wii console is the leader in Canada with 27 per cent market share, followed by Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox at 20 per cent and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 at 18 per cent. The report said nearly one in three gaming console owners access the Internet on their device and one in five use it to play games online. “18% of game console owners stream video on their console, but for most console owners, watching Netflix is the primary activity,” the report said. The report, titled “Game Consoles Are Not Just For Gaming Anymore: Analysis of the Canadian Market,” said anglophone Canadians are more likely to own a game console than francophones. The report is the result of telephone interviews with 4,000 anglophone Canadians between Oct. 3 and Nov. 24, 2012 and is accurate within plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. It said the penetration rate of game consoles in Canada is 47 per cent among anglophones and 39 per cent among francophones. According to the report, game console owners tend to be young and in high-income homes. It said 83 per cent of homes with teens have a device. On Wednesday, CBC said it reached a deal with Microsoft’s Canadian division to distribute Hockey Night in Canada on Xbox and other Microsoft platforms.