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According to the findings of the Q4 2016 Global Video Index from video monetisation specialist Ooyala, mobile devices attract the most video views for advertising video-on-demand (AVoD) services with global distribution. The report also shows variances of viewing habits across devices in different regions and continues to track the upward trajectory of mobile as the primary device for video.
Global AVoD Services: Go Mobile
The report examines several large AVoD customers across sports, news, and entertainment distributing ad-supported video in every geographical region. The results show patterns in how AVoD content performs in each region across devices. Globally, mobile devices, an accumulation of smartphones and tablets, represent 56 per cent of all AVoD video views. Smartphones make up the bulk of AVoD consumption at 45 per cent, slightly usurping desktops at 44 per cent with tablets taking the remaining 11 per cent. Regionally, the study finds:
Total Plays and Long-Form Viewing Increase Across Mobile
As of Q4 2016, mobile viewing now makes up 54 per cent of total global video plays, irrespective of business model, up from 46 per cent one year ago. For more granular growth, in November 2016, mobile devices hit 56 per cent of all video views, and in December it grew to an impressive 58 per cent. Based on this growth, Ooyala expects nearly 60 per cent of all video views to be on mobile devices by Q1 2017.
Long-form content, too, continues to grow on mobile devices. While connected TV and tablets continue to be the platform of choice for long-form content, 96 per cent and 65 per cent respectively, mobile devices are no longer for short-form video only. Long-form content made up 47 per cent of all mobile plays in Q4, outpacing short-form video plays at 40 per cent. Content providers must tailor their strategy around mobile, particularly as it becomes a go-to device for longer videos.
“We see a steady increase of premium subscription and ad-supported content coming over the top, and the consumer is determining which will be the winner. Based on our data and feedback from customers, we see the modern TV model evolving into one that involves both, a hybrid of SVoD and AVoD and accessible on every device,” said Ooyala Principal Analyst and Strategic Media Consultant, Jim O’Neill. “The bottom line is TV of the future will not be anything like the legacy TV market we all grew up with.”
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