Direct-to-consumer initiatives herald a new era in online streaming
Ovum report: OTT Streaming to hit 100 million subscribers in 2015
10 de abril de 2015
Direct-to-consumer initiatives such as HBO Now and Sling TV herald a new era in online streaming as premium, stand-alone services based on content once exclusive to traditional pay TV hit the market. While free, ad-supported, and bundled multiscreen streaming has driven huge usage volumes, the global technology research and advisory firm Ovum believes that a new era of streaming entertainment is upon us.Tony Gunnarsson, a senior analyst in Ovums TV Practice, comments: Until now, watching the latest Hollywood movies and TV shows has largely been the preserve of downloads, discs, and pay TV. What were seeing in maturing markets such as the US is that the audience is shifting towards premium linear streaming, which is augmenting well-established free on-demand services such as YouTube. Home entertainment is evolving as subscription-based VOD services reach the mass market: It is now commonplace to watch original productions such as Bosch from Amazons Prime Instant Video streamed to the main TV. The emergence of stand-alone often linear streaming propositions such as PlayStation Vue and Yaveo represent the first that truly substitute for traditional pay TV.The key trend is the proliferation of stand-alone OTT services launched by traditional TV players, such as HBO Now, CBS All Access, and DISHs Sling TV. Ovum expects the reassertion of the traditional TV value chain, pushing back against technology-led OTT specialists such as Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. We believe that the emergence of such services will help drive the global total of online streaming subscribers past 100 million in 2015, with a further 77 million more expected by 2019, adds the report. We are on the cusp of the next major evolutionary growth phase in visual entertainment. As the industry hunts for opportunities to address slowing traditional TV subscription revenues, the major trends in technology, audience consumption, and service evolution offer glimpses of a brighter future. We see a shift in how TV is increasingly addressing individuals rather than households, and how the merging of online and broadcast advertising technologies and the ongoing hunger for true Martini TV any time, any place, anywhere from the audience offers significant incremental revenue opportunities. The proliferation of linear SVOD from traditional TV is just one part of this shift which underpins our firmly held view: TVs best days lie ahead, says Ed Barton, Ovums Head of TV Research and Analysis.