Average Household Subscription OTT Spending Has Held Steady

Parks Associates’ OTT video research finds household spending on subscription OTT video services has held steady for three years, averaging just under $8 per month since 2016. Given the growing adoption of OTT video services over the past three years, these figures suggest that adoption of multiple services or expensive services by some consumers is offset by a larger base of consumers who either subscribe to one or two relatively inexpensive services, including 30 percent of consumers who do not spend any money on OTT video services.

Parks Associates: Average Monthly Expenditure on Videos

“The stability in average household spend belies the activity going on under the surface,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “2019 may be poised to break that trend. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon continue to pack on new subscribers. At the same time, services like ESPN+ are also experiencing phenomenal growth, and new offerings from Disney and WarnerMedia are set for release later this summer. One of three things will happen—more households will become OTT streaming households, rival services will begin to pull subscribers away from Netflix, or that spending number will go up.”

“The deluge of OTT platforms has created greater competition for video based on choice and quality of content. Yet as people spend more and more time consuming digital media, OTT platforms are seeing a lag in customers insights, loyalty, and revenue,” said Barry Nolan, Chief Strategy Officer at Swrve. “We believe that by delivering the perfect message at the perfect time, OTT platforms will have a richer and more enduring experience with their customers.”

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William B. West
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William B. West is editor-in-chief of CordCuttersTalk.com, Rokuki.com, and StreamingThisMonth.com. All three sites cover the latest cord cutters news, information, and updates.

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