Published November 2nd, 2018
Research by Conviva has revealed what the company calls ‘staggering’ growth in global
According to the Conviva State of the Streaming TV Industry Report for Q3 2018, viewers
are increasingly demanding a seamless streaming experience, and publishers are rising to
the challenge to deliver higher overall quality of experience. It showed that there has been
a 52% jump in plays and 63% growth in total viewing hours recorded year-over-year
(YoY), including a major increase in traffic during the World Cup football tournament.
As viewers become more demanding, they were less tolerant of a poor experience, and
were seen to be shifting to platforms and devices that offer a better experience, trading PC
viewing in favor of connected TVs and individual publisher apps for virtual multichannel
video programming distributor (MVPDs) with bundled offerings. Virtual MVPDs are
becoming more attractive, with 292% more plays and 212% more viewing hours YoY in
the U.S., drawing significant share away from publisher apps by offering bundled content
with better quality delivery, resulting in higher engagement.
The measurement shows that connected TVs now form more than 50% of global viewing
and virtual MVPDs make up 75% of all US viewing. mobile growth has slowed in favor of
connected TVs, which experienced a 145% growth in plays and a 103% growth in viewing
The report also showed that live sports streaming has surged, as viewer confidence in
streaming TV grows and providers deliver improved quality. NFL streaming in September
alone accounted for roughly 3% of total streaming plays and viewing hours in the US, as
more fans than ever elected to stream NFL games.
Download the full report here
Mar 13, 2019
Parks Associates research has found that OTT video services have transitioned back into the home's living room, with a majority (52%) of U.S. broadband households now watching online video on a TV that is connected to the internet.
Its report, 360 View: Digital Media and Connected Consumers, also found that watching TV or films at home is the most popular leisure activity among US broadband households, with 55% selecting this among their top two favourite leisure activities.
"While the total number of hours consuming videos has declined, consumers are watching more internet video on the largest screen available," said Billy Nayden, research analyst, Parks Associates. "The number of hours consumers report watching video on a TV increased for the first time since 2014, with connected devices enabling internet video services on TV and shifting consumers away from PC and mobile viewing. As OTT competition becomes a battle for the living room, the challenge for device makers and content producers is finding the correct product mix to maximise both profit and utility."
The report also found that subscriptions are the dominant business model for OTT services. As more services emerge, many stakeholders fear an impending subscription overload in US households.
"As consumers' taste for OTT experimentation wanes, they will start to resist the push to add another monthly subscription to their households," Nayden said. "Many providers are starting to lead with freemium and ad-based models, in anticipation of this pushback."
Parks Associates also found that 19% of consumers subscribe to either Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video and another OTT service, compared to 13% in 2017; and overall, consumers watched 25.7 hours of video per week in 2018, down from 29.5 hours per week in 2016.
Source: Rapid TV News & Parks Associate
Aug 23, 2018
Sep 11, 2018
Televisions are often the big center piece of a living room. Chairs are faced towards the device, usually a table for drinks in front of it, and nice speakers attached for the best home-cinema experience. Which means it would be a shame if you are not present on the big screen. How can you compete with the likes of Netflix, HBO GO and Amazon Prime Video, when it comes to bringing video into the living room -- if you don’t actually have a SmartTV app?