Australia: 85% watch broadcast TV weekly


Initial insights from Virtual Australia (VOZ) – the foundation of Australia’s new Total TV reporting standard – confirm that to fully evaluate the performance of television content, it’s essential to have a national view of how that content is consumed over time and across devices.

In the first stage of a phased rollout, OzTAM, Regional TAM and Nielsen have released top line findings from the new VOZ integrated Total TV database, which brings together broadcast viewing on TV sets (‘linear’) and connected devices (BVoD) to provide all-screen, cross-platform planning and reporting for Australia’s television industry.

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer said: “We’ve long observed that as Australians have embraced the mind-boggling array of content, screen and platform choice now available that the reach of broadcast TV goes well beyond the TV set itself.  It’s been unclear though to what extent such ‘any time, any place, any screen’ viewing impacts the Total TV picture, until now. Early VOZ data shows that BVoD brings a significant weekly reach gain across younger demographics.”

VOZ answers key questions for Australia’s television industry, including:

o Question: What proportion of Total TV content is viewed on TV sets and connected devices, and how much incremental reach does BVoD deliver to broadcast viewing?

Answer: Each week, 85 per cent of Australians watch broadcast TV and almost a quarter (6 million people) watch BVoD. 4.2 per cent of viewers watch BVoD exclusively, meaning they watched no linear TV during the period.

o Question: How do viewers move between the TV and other screens over time, and what does longer-tail BVoD viewing add to Total TV consumption?

Answer: Over a four-week period, nearly half of linear TV viewers have also watched broadcast content on other screens. 3 per cent of Total TV viewing is exclusively BVoD, meaning those viewers watched no linear TV during the 28day time span.

o Question: How much younger is the BVoD audience compared to that for linear TV? To what extent are younger viewers gravitating towards BVoD?

Answer: The median age of BVoD viewers is 40, which is 15 years younger than that for linear TV. In fact, the median age of the BVoD audience is on par with that of TV in 2001.

Peiffer remarked: “VOZ data crystallises what we have long known intuitively was the case: reaching a target audience involves considering how all screens are used over time, and planning accordingly.”

Although VOZ would continue to evolve, and is set to show its full potential in the media buying ecosystem once deployed within the broadcasters’ planned shared demand-side platform, Peiffer said the industry could start using VOZ immediately.

“VOZ insights can be used now in planning, delivering a much clearer picture of viewing on all screen types, inside and outside homes, around Australia and over time,” Peiffer said. “VOZ is here to reveal the Total TV picture, providing an objective, transparent and standard metric to evaluate TV performance across all screens and platforms, and reinforcing that television remains the most effective way to connect to audiences at scale.”

This week’s release of initial VOZ insights is the beginning of a phased rollout.  Daily VOZ data will be available to subscribers from late April, and VOZ has been built to allow the industry to agree a common set of advanced targets (audience segments) to support planning and post-analysis beyond standard age/sex demographics in future. OzTAM is facilitating those discussions.

VOZ has also been designed to integrate within the broadcasters’ planned shared demand-side platform.


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