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Spain: Third-party content dominates telco OTTs

February 7, 2023

SVOD Tracker, a measurement tool in Spain developed by AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) that analyses content positioning on on-demand services from streaming platforms and operators, has unveiled its results for 2022, covering more than 12 million content positions and almost 25,000 titles.

Launched in 2017, the tool has already gathered more than 40 million data records. The companies being tracked are those with the highest number of subscribers according to EGM (Spain’s General Media Study): the Spanish operators Movistar Plus+, Vodafone TV, Orange TV and Euskaltel, and the leading OTT services Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max and Disney+.

Best positioned content among operators

Third-party content dominates among telecommunications operators in Spain, except for Movistar Plus+, which gave top billing to one of its original programmes, Martínez y Hermanos. Moreover, all of the 25 best positioned titles on the platform are associated with its brand (75 per cent in-house productions and 25 per cent acquisitions). This operator also stands out as the only one that includes advertising in its main carousel (one in every four panels are advertising banners from commercial brands).

The 25 best placed titles on Euskaltel are all series from third-party channels, while on Orange TV nearly all are films from Videoclub by Rakuten (pay-per-view). Vodafone TV also gives up its top spots to additional subscriptions bundled with its service and third-party content.

Best positioned content on streaming platforms

In the case of streaming platforms in Spain, the best placed titles are always produced in-house. All of the top 25 titles on HBO Max and Disney+ are original content, while Netflix and Prime Video include content that they have not produced themselves (in the case of Netflix, series produced by third parties, and on Prime Video, pay-per-view or additional subscription content such as Prime Video Channels).

“User viewing habits are guided by how platforms promote and position their content”, according to Fernando Hernáiz, Research Director at AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE).

Structure of homepages on platforms and operators

Platforms in Spain have a high number of carousels on the homepage, often with duplicate content. Operators, on the other hand, display fewer carousels and titles are not repeated as often.

“Viewing choices are made more complex by the high number of carousels on the homepage. Platforms must continue to work on designing simpler user interfaces to facilitate access to all types of content for users and to mitigate the effects of decision fatigue on viewers”, said Hernáiz.

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