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Wurl releases AMOV video viewing index

September 25, 2015

Wurl, a streaming video platform for pay-TV, has introduced a new video index that compares the usage of major video viewing services based on publicly available data.

The index – AMOV – measures the average minutes of viewing by US adults on each video platform, taking into account both usage (minutes of viewing) and reach (percentage of US adults that use the service). The AMOV Index measures viewing on popular services such as YouTube, Netflix, pay-TV, Apple TV and many others.

According to Wurl, the growing use of streaming video services, a prolif­eration of new devices for video viewing, and the declining use of pay-TV have made it increasingly difficult for video publishers and adver­tisers to analyse the relative importance of each video distri­bution platform.

The Wurl AMOV Index claims to provide the industry’s first and only yardstick for how much video the average US adult consumes on platforms such as pay-TV, connected devices and new streaming services. The index is fully trans­parent, providing detailed infor­mation about the ‘AMOV math’ behind each platform in the index, and open, wherein Wurl invites author­i­tative sources to provide new data to update the AMOV Index. The index and the underlying data are publicly available at wurl​.com/​a​mov.

“The importance of any video distri­bution platform is directly related to how much it’s used. Generally available infor­mation about real usage is difficult to find, confusing and in some cases misleading,” said Sean Doherty, CEO and Co-Founder of Wurl, Inc. “To make informed decisions, market partic­ipants need a standard way to quantify penetration-adjusted usage for any video service.”

A Tool for Better Decision Making

While some platforms have a large installed base but very low viewing time (e.g., smart TV video portals), other platforms have high viewing time but a small installed base. Wurl says that market partic­ipants need a reliable yardstick such as AMOV that takes into account how many consumers use a service and how much they use it. For example, a service that’s used 10 hours per month by 65 per cent of US Adults would receive an AMOV of 6.5 hours per month.

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