Brightcove Releases New Research On Consumer Video Streaming Preferences
50 percent or more of consumers state they stream video content at least once a week via a smart TV/external streaming device, mobile device, a computer, or a laptop
When analyzing all consumers’ (aged 18+) online video habits and preferences, the report found:
- The most influential factor for consumers who are considering a new streaming service is cost (53 percent), followed by their interests being catered to (31 percent).
- The top five reasons consumers will try out a new streaming service include a free trial (42 percent), a particular show (38 percent) exclusive content (29 percent), cross-device capability (28 percent), and a good user experience (26 percent).
- TV is still the top device to consume content on (other options included mobile and computers) for regularly scheduled news (68 percent), regular season sports (69 percent), breaking news (54 percent), special sports events including title fights and championship games (66 percent), concerts (53 percent), and fashion shows (45 percent).
- Advertisements and technical issues are the key spoilers for live streaming experiences, with too many ads (37 percent) and poor image or video quality (35 percent) being the top reasons for respondents having abandoned a live stream, followed by buffering (33 percent) and the live stream crashing (32 percent).
“Across all generations, consuming online video is now an integral part
of our daily entertainment routines. Today, we’re seeing
technology-savvy consumers stepping into decision making roles, making
it even more critical to understand the motivations behind these
When analyzing Millennial online video streaming preferences, there were four takeaways to highlight:
- 44 percent of Millennials describe themselves as “browsers” when looking for something to watch, while 26 percent of Millennials think of themselves as decisive.
- Millennials feel far more satisfied consuming content through streaming service providers: 68 percent feel streaming service providers continually provide content they want to watch, compared to 55 percent who feel the same of broadcast networks and 53 percent for cable networks.
- 11 percent of Millennials would embrace a subscription-based model to consume sports content, and 24 percent would embrace an ad-based model.
- 63 percent of Millennials share their streaming logins with at least one other person.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from