Published July 14th, 2017
Netflix is continuing to dominate streaming services in the U.S., not only in terms of penetration in cord cutters’ homes, as reported in April, but also in time spent watching. According to data from comScore, cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study indicates.
The data from comScore was cited by MarketingCharts in its own report released this morning, and follows on earlier findings that the user base for subscription video services has now topped the cable TV audience, indicating a shift in how people in the U.S. are today watching television.
Netflix in April accounted for 40 percent of over-the-top viewing hours, compared with 18 percent for YouTube, 14 percent for Hulu, and 7 percent for Amazon Video. It also has the most monthly viewing days per household at 12.3 days.
But when you look at viewing behavior on a day-by-day basis, Hulu is far ahead of the pack.
On average, U.S. cord cutters are watching 2.9 hours of Hulu per day, which is ahead of Netflix (2.2 hours), YouTube (2.1 hours), and Amazon Video (2 hours).
Though MarketingCharts’ report didn’t delve deeply into why that’s the case, the primary reason is simply due to the fact that Netflix has higher penetration in the U.S.
However, the new figures may point to key differences in how consumers watch the different streaming services, too.
Netflix, for example, likely encourages more binge watching sessions, because of how it drops entire seasons of shows at once – like the recent release of Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” where a single event – a prison riot – is told across 13 episodes. The entire season feels like one, long story, not a dozen or so separate ones.
Meanwhile, Hulu’s partnerships enable streaming access to network and cable TV programming, which in turn has people tuning into its service on a more regular basis to see if new episodes of their favorite shows are available.
Or, in other words, Hulu is taking the place of traditional TV in the cord-cutting era, while Netflix has become associated with an entirely different style of viewing.
In fact, Netflix has been credited with the invention of this new storytelling “art form” – something that sits in between being a TV show but isn’t quite a film, either. Storytellers have adapted their content to cater to binge watchers, too, by telling these longer stories, and sometimes even crafting entire first seasons that function as the “pilot,” instead of just the first episode.
Plus, these TV stories don’t have to rely as much on things like manipulative cliff-hangers – a holdover from the network TV era where shows needed a hook to pull people back next week. Now, storytellers can instead count more on Netflix’s auto-play feature, which loads up the next episode immediately after the current one ends.
On Netflix, it takes more effort to stop watching than to keep bingeing.
The new data doesn’t definitively prove that these factors have contributed to why Netflix is capturing more viewing hours, but they likely play a role.
Oct 26, 2018
Ad-funded VOD (AVOD) is outpacing other paid media with spend set to double to $47 billion (€41.2bn) by 2023 worldwide, according to WARC’s latest Global Ad Trends report.
More broadly, both consumer and advertiser investment in OTT platforms is rising: globally, spend is projected to reach $129.3 billion in the next five years.
As a medium, AVOD is still young, though notable examples of Hulu, HBO Now, and Sony’s Crackle, as well as reported interest from Amazon, hint at its future power.
Compared to other paid media in WARC’s International Ad Forecast, AVoD is growing faster. The expected $23.8 billion in brand investment that AVoD will receive this year equates to a 5.2 per cent share of global adspend, but spend has increased year-on-year. As a percentage of total OTT spend (estimated by Digital TV Research at $68.7 billion this year – up 29 per cent from 2017), AVoD will account for 34.7 per cent.
“Consumers’ voracious appetite for video content anywhere, on any device, has been propelled by SVoD services such as Netflix. But it is AVoD platforms which present the opportunity for advertisers to marry rich consumer data with pinpoint targeting during engaging content,” says James McDonald, Data Editor, WARC. “This is why AT&T and Amazon are exploring moves into the AVOD sector next year, with the ultimate aim of taking the lion’s share of a market expected to be worth $47 billion by 2023.”
At the strategic level, consumers’ appetite for cross-device streaming is creating an impact. A full 81 per cent of consumers now say it is important that they can watch TV programmes whenever they want.
The wide array of publisher specs, insufficient lead time required to track down all creative assets and a lack of standardised measurement when buying cross-channel audience-based inventory are cited as major concerns by practitioners.
As a result, OTT is not currently front of mind when building media strategies; just a quarter (26 per cent) of US CMOs regard OTT as either very or extremely important to their plans. This despite evidence showing integrated campaigns are 31 per cent more effective at brand building.
Source: Report: AVOD spend to double in next 5 years
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