Some good news for the home entertainment industry – depending upon which segment of the industry you’re part of: Consumers spent nearly $18.3 billion in 2016, a 2% increase from 2015.
Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three.
Buffering remains the No. 1 frustration for viewers, especially as high-speed broadband becomes more common.
More than three-quarters (77%) of Australian adults use mobile phones to access the Internet, more than on laptops (75%) desktop computers (61%) and tablets (54%), according to a report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
That growth is being driven, in large part, by the increasing consumption of online video, a trend that is having a major impact on the communications industry.
Consumers in APAC watch more than 1.6 hours of online video content daily, nearly matching the 2.0 hours of traditional TV they consume daily, a new report says.
A new report from British telecom regulator Ofcom says that – for the first time ever – kids are spending more time online than watching television weekly.
The report said five- to 15-year-olds in the past year have increased their Internet time by some 79 minutes to 15 hours a week. Almost all of that time came at the expense of television. Young viewers in the past year spent 72 minutes less time with the television, and now average 13 hours and 36 minutes.
AMC has taken a minority share in Funny or Die, the online comedy channel, in a deal that aims to leverage the strength that AMC-owned IFC has in the linear space and Funny or Die has online and in social media.
Next year, for the first time, adults in Germany will spend more time with online digital media than viewing TV, a shift in viewing patterns that are even showing up with older consumers.
eMarketer forecasts that German adults will spend 3 hours and 44 minutes per day online compared to 3 hours and 38 minutes watching television; in all, digital media consumption will be up by 5.8% among consumers 18 and older, while daily TV viewing time is forecast to decline 0.3%.
Sixty percent of U.S. digital video ad spending likely will occur through programmatic channels this year, an increase of nearly 54% from a year ago, but that number could be significantly larger if more video ad inventory was available.
Turner Networks has been experimenting with ad loads on both its liner and online video products for a couple of years, increasing the number of ads on its online video products and, more recently, reducing its ad loads on linear programming.
The results on the linear side have been strong, – increasing both ratings and actual commercial consumption – said Turner Networks entertainment President Kevin Reilly.
The long-expected move of mobile devices into the No. 1 platform for viewing online video is forecast to occur in 2016, as mobile viewing is expected to rise 39% over 2015, according to ZenithOptima’s Online Video Forecasts 2016.
Competition in Ireland’s mobile phone market is heating up and operator Eir is looking at social media – which includes, of course, video – as a principle battleground.
The service provider is offering users unlimited use (to a point) of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with no data charges up to 60GB a month. Users can add another 15 GB for 20 euros.
Facebook is offering former clients of its now-closed LiveRail programmatic ad tech platform the option of riding on an abbreviated version of the platform, but that still means publishers will need to come up with their own alternative for most of their programmatic needs, according to a published report.