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Streaming continues to overtake TV

May 16, 2023 | By Rande Price, Research VP – DCN

In recent years, the traditional television and streaming video industries have undergone significant transformation due to the expansion of digital platforms and changing consumer preferences. To gain insights into these changes, Adtaxi conducted an extensive study, 2023 TV & Video Streaming Survey, exploring the evolving landscape of TV and video streaming with more than 1,000 U.S. adults.

According to the survey, streaming services have solidified their position as the primary mode of video consumption for most viewers. More than 80% of respondents report subscribing to at least one streaming platform, with Netflix leading the pack. The convenience of on-demand content, the wide variety of choices, and the absence of advertisements were cited as the primary reasons for the popularity of streaming services.

Preferred choice

Streaming services are the preferred choice of video consumption for a significant portion of adults, surpassing cable (31%) and broadcast (11%) options. Approximately 42% of adults now opt for streaming services, with 35% accessing streaming content through their TV sets and 7% using personal devices. Roku predicts that this trend will persist and that an estimated 50% of all U.S. households will cut the cord by 2024.

Cord-cutting continues

The research also reveals that the cord-cutting trend shows no signs of abating. A staggering 75% of respondents report that they canceled their traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions in favor of streaming services. The flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and customizable nature of streaming platforms have made them attractive alternatives to traditional TV providers.

Original content and exclusive deals

In the battle for viewership dominance, original content has emerged as a key differentiator among streaming services. The Adtaxi survey found that 68% of respondents subscribed to a streaming platform specifically for its original programming. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ were identified as the top platforms known for their high-quality original shows and movies.

Moreover, exclusive deals and partnerships have become important strategies for streaming services to attract subscribers. This includes securing exclusive rights to popular sports events, partnering with renowned creators, and signing contracts with top-tier production companies. These tactics not only help streaming platforms stand out but also provide viewers with unique and diverse content options.

The battle of ad-supported streaming

While subscription-based streaming services dominate the market, the survey highlights the growing popularity of ad-supported streaming platforms. Almost 40% of respondents report using ad-supported services, indicating a willingness to endure ads in exchange for free or lower-cost access to content. This trend should encourage more advertisers to invest in digital advertising within the streaming space, presenting new opportunities for brands to reach their target audiences.

The 2023 TV & Video Streaming Survey sheds light on the ever-evolving landscape of entertainment consumption. The dominance of streaming services, the ongoing cord-cutting trend, the importance of original content, and the rise of ad-supported platforms all point toward a significant shift in viewer preferences and behavior. As the industry continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how streaming services adapt to meet the demands of their subscribers while providing a seamless and personalized entertainment experience. The future of TV and video streaming looks promising, offering consumers a wide range of choices and content options that cater to the consumer’s interests and preferences.

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