Despite the surging worldwide growth and popularity of mobile streaming content and apps, viewers remain frustrated by their experiences, according to a new 10-country survey by Penthera, an international software company that develops and deploys software products that facilitate the delivery of video content for global video content providers.
The UK had the highest percentage of mobile video streamers in Europe, at 89 per cent, but it also had the highest percentage of viewers who outright cancel their subscriptions after a frustrating experience (11 per cent).
Globally, 89 per cent of the respondents stream TV shows and movies on their mobile devices. Unfortunately, 88 per cent experience some level of frustration while streaming video, stemming from the video taking too long to start up, buffering, annoying advertisements, increased monthly data costs, and public WiFi issues.
These persistent frustrations could spell bad news for streaming video providers, because the cause viewers to close their apps and try again later (47 per cent), explore other apps for their streaming needs (25 per cent) and completely stop using of an app (20 per cent) — even if the issue is not the app or video provider’s fault.
Other key findings include: