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SVoD: Streams per service down in 2021

March 22, 2022

Video streaming providers around the globe faced lower VoD consumption per service in 2021 as they strived to keep up with increased competition and content saturation. That is the main conclusion of NPAW‘s Video Streaming Industry Report 2021.

The global streaming industry experienced further expansion in 2021 as consumers consolidated some of the new behaviour patterns that emerged with the pandemic. Yet competition is becoming fiercer, with established providers and newcomers alike bidding for the viewers’ attention and experimenting with new monetisation models.

Key takeaways from NPAW’s report include:

  • VoD consumption for each streaming provider went down by an average of 9 per cent across regions. Rather than this downward trend reflecting a loss of appetite for VoD content among consumers, it shows the effects of increasingly fierce industry competition and an abundance of content
  • Linear TV Is a local business. Consumption per service increased globally but varied from one region to another. This mixed picture is a reflection of the local nature of Linear TV and how its consumption depends much more on local preferences and trends than VoD does
  • Providers continued optimising video quality for VoD, increasing Join Time by a global average of 5 per cent to support higher bitrates while lowering the buffer ratio. However, they seem to have gotten the hang of Linear TV, as tweaks in the various quality metrics for this type of content stabilise
  • With live sporting events back at full speed, sports streaming is booming for VoD and Linear TV, both from a consumption and video quality standpoint. NPAW expects sports streaming consumption and quality to continue rising in 2022 as providers put a greater focus on this type of content
  • Big screens still reign supreme, while smartphones show the biggest decrease in consumption of all devices. Streaming is competing with many other forms of entertainment on mobile phones. But also by the fact that consumers are spending more time at home and have less of a need to stream video on the go

“In today’s hyper-competitive market landscape, it is critical for providers to prioritise Quality of Experience and Quality of Service if they want to stay ahead of the game. Access to real-time data and video analytics insights is the key to creating better user journeys, increasing viewer loyalty, and reducing churn,” says Ferran G. Vilaró, CEO and Co-Founder of NPAW.

“It’s not just about the content for strategy,” said industry expert Dan Rayburn in a webinar to present the report’s key findings. “You can have the best content in the world but, if your user experience to consume that content is not good, it doesn’t matter.”


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