CTV Gains Stronger Foothold In Subscription Services And Free, Ad-Supported Platforms

Nearly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, connected TV usage of all types continues to gain a stronger foothold among consumers, with subscription services as well as free, ad-supported platforms showing gains.

A recent survey of nearly 1,800 U.S. consumers in July 2020 from Unruly, a video advertising platform, said 65% of U.S. consumers are actively seeking ad-supported, free streaming services, while 35% are not. At the same time, the survey says, 27% prefer to pay for ad-free connected TV content.

The survey also found that consumers respond better to advertising on connected TV platforms and are 71% more likely to tell a friend about a brand, 53% more likely to search for a brand, 52% more likely to buy a product and 45% more likely to visit a store or website.



eMarketer estimates that this year, 3.4% of U.S. marketers’ total ad spending ($8.8 billion) will go to connected TV, and that this will grow to 4.7% in three years ($14.12 billion).

At the same time, analysts point to the rapid growth of major low-cost subscription, advertising-free paid platforms. Disney+, which is less than a year old, has more than 60.5 million subscribers, while HBO Max, which launched just a few months ago, is at 36.3 million subscribers. 

According to one estimate from Macquarie Research, Disney is already seeing rapid growth, and will generate a projected $11.2 billion in revenue from all its direct-to-consumer platforms this year.
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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, August 25, 2020 at 1:58 p.m.

    Here we go again. Another of those promotional studies. Just because 71% of the respondents "are more likely to tell a friend about a brand"---(  they saw advertised on CTV? )--rather vague wouldn't you say---that is hardly evidence that CTV ads perform better than other ads.  And do we really believe that the majority of consumers actually prefer ad-supported services while only 27% prefer ad-free content?

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