Video: In Conversation….. Episode 3

Published June 17th, 2020

The streaming video market is fiercely competitive and heavily dominated by a few key players. However, over the past few months, smaller, niche services have witnessed phenomenal growth as people seek out new live and on-demand content to keep them entertained.

In episode 3 of the #In Conversation With… video series, Ryan Chanatry, General Manager of Topic, the new streaming video service from First Look Media, reveals how by complimenting vs competing with the streaming giants, the service is creating a strong following of “Culture Cravers” looking for new perspectives and viewing experiences.

Hosted by Craig Kierce and recorded from home, we hope you enjoy watching and invite you to check out Ryan’s blog on the subject here.

UI/UX - The Best Kept Secret To Reducing Churn

There is much debate around the future of TV, from both a production and consumption perspective. One thing is clear, however, that while we mostly take the User Interface of our TV and video services for granted, it is often a key deciding factor when the time comes to renew our subscription(s).

The hidden importance of UI design for TV and streaming services

In a recent interview published for International Women's Day, hosted by Women in Streaming Media, Peggy Dau, Founder & Managing Partner, MAD Perspectives, and Yujin Joung, UI Designer at 24i, discuss the often hidden importance of UI design for TV and streaming services. The lively and informative discussion covers: 

  • What's new in a modern video experience?
  • Why is this important to consumers?
  • How did we get here?
  • How can a service's UI help video providers attract and retain subscribers?
  • What are the Best practices to deliver a positive user experience?
  • How did the concept of rows emerge when displaying content within streaming apps?

Listen and read the interview


1: UI/UX is gaining a lot of attention with the increased number of OTT services. Why is UI/UX important to pay-TV and OTT Providers?

As we already know, today the market is very competitive and fast-growing. Service providers need to build their own clear strategy for UI/UX in order to retain their customers.  We can help them by creating distinguished features that users love to have. We look at the market trends and see if they are relevant to our clients based on their users and their own content. For example, let’s look at autoplay. This is when the video service automatically starts playing the next episode when you are watching a TV series. There is no need to manually select the next episode. If all services don’t have this same feature, subscribers will get annoyed by the services that don’t have it. This is a good example where the UI/UX anticipates the user’s needs. This small feature improves the general perception of the product.

2: Why has the UI/UX design with rows of images become the "standard" for video services?

Image Rows - Creating a standard from a trend

I think the rows of images started from the experience at the movie theatre when you see posters next to each other on the wall. We wanted to provide a similar experience which was the start of a trend that has become the standard.


We are more attracted to visual images than text. Images are easy to consume because they require less cognitive effort. Big images are more eye-catching than long boring texts. I believe the same to be true for video services. TV is a visual platform, not made for reading text. Instead, TV is mostly made for consuming media. Therefore, we need to make an easier and more usable product for the content.

3: What's new in UI/UX design?

There is a lot of focus on personalizing the user experience. Artificial Intelligence helps to understand your profile and what you like to watch. You see relevant content directly from the homepage, instead of using the menu to find what you’re looking for. The content comes to you, instead of you going to the content. The product can understand how you use it, and adapts its interface.

One of my colleagues gave me an amazing example of this. He has a video app and uses the same channel every Monday. This app collects the data about what and when he watches. The app now shows the same channel every Monday for him. That’s really impressive. Just imagine how this will evolve in the future.

4: Why is UI/UX important to consumers?

I think I can explain this with my personal experience. Recently I wanted to get more fit and I was looking for a fitness app which allows me to choose any kind of gym. So, I decided to download a few of them and just compare which one I want to use.

In one app, it was hard to understand what’s what; in general, it was just too difficult to use. I tried to use the map function which would allow me to see the nearest gym, but the result was just a chaos of data and images. Also, the look and feel of the app felt old, which made me wonder if the information provided by the app would be trustworthy. The content of an app is very important, but how we present it is also crucial. UI/UX helps consumers to experience the app in the best possible way. This is why UI/UX is important.

5: What's important as we move ahead?

Users all behave differently and experience products in their own way. We need to keep looking for new solutions and technologies to improve the experience.

Summary

There must be a "wow" experience when they start to use the product. We need to make the user instantly fall in love with the services we create. Beautiful graphic design, playful animations, and easy interaction are examples of ways to impress the users.

To discuss how to create a winning UI talk to the 24i design team today