Report: 68% UK prefer AVoD over SVoD
November 7, 2023
LG Ad Solutions has released the findings of its 2023 streaming report The Big Shift: United Kingdom Wave II, which found that UK consumers are increasingly shifting away from linear TV, with 25 per cent of those surveyed saying they are watching less linear television than a year ago. In its place, ad-supported streaming services are growing in popularity, with 68 per cent of UK consumers preferring to stream free content rather than pay for a subscription. This is 8 per cent more than US consumers.
“Nearly all UK households are now reachable via CTV, and with a consumer preference for ad-supported content, marketers need to ensure that advertising on free ad-supported content is part of their media mix,” said Ed Wale, VP Europe at LG Ad Solutions. “Our data shows that after seeing a CTV ad, UK TV viewers are more likely to search online, visit a website and talk about the ad or product than US viewers. It’s clear that CTV is a performance channel and gives marketers the chance to reach and interact with an engaged audience.”
The study, which follows LG Ad Solutions’ first The Big Shift: United Kingdom report in 2022, surveyed more than 800 UK consumers in August 2023 to determine consumer perceptions and behaviours related to CTV. The study also found:
CTV is now the top choice for watching live TV: Among UK viewers, Smart TV applications are the leading choice for watching live TV, with 42 per cent preferring this method. Availability of live sports is a driving force with 53 per cent of UK TV viewers watching sports content via streaming.
Consumers are cutting down on costs: More than 1 in 3 UK TV viewers are concerned about TV costs, with 36 per cent reporting that they have cancelled a streaming service because of economic concerns. Although 86 per cent of UK consumers pay for one or more subscription services, 55 per cent are willing to cancel a subscription after watching the desired content.
Consumers are choosing ads over subscriptions: 20 per cent of UK TV viewers expect to remove a subscription streaming service in the next 12 months, and further, 13 per cent will add a free ad-supported streaming service.
TV homepages are important for content discovery: In the UK, the top ranked recommendation source for content is the homepage of the TV screen (53 per cent), above recommendations from friends and family (43 per cent).
UK TV viewers are multitasking: 91 per cent multitask with a mobile device or laptop while watching TV, with 64 per cent doing so ‘always’ or ‘often’. Their second-screen activities include: messaging (54 per cent), shopping (35 per cent) and gaming (30 per cent).