Smartphones are Transforming TV Experience - Report

16 December 2016
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Smartphones are Transforming TV Experience - Report Image Credit: Streaming Video Alliance

A recent report reveals the critical role that mobile is having on the transformation of television and its increasing influence in how people are consuming video content due to its ease of use and accessibility. 

The study shows that 40% of people watch an hour or more of video on their smartphone each week, and 25% watch more than two hours. In addition, the report provides a special “Millennials insights section” exploring behaviors and perceptions specific to that demographic. Conducted by the Streaming Video Alliance, the report was based on a survey of 500 respondents in the U.S. 

Key findings from the 2016 Mobile Video: Exposed include:

●      Apple iOS is the dominant mobile operating system through which consumers watch video, while Android is a close second.

●      Millennials are watching more video on mobile than other demographics and tend to stream video from applications. They are also more likely to watch mobile video, if they don’t have to pay for additional data.

●      Consumers are most often watching video on their phone while at home, indicating that under certain circumstances people would rather watch video on mobile than on the television.

●      Despite the growth of premium OTT providers, YouTube is the dominant source for video on mobile phones.

●      Buffering and data usage are the top frustrations for mobile video watching.

●      Consumers prefer to watch video over WiFi but will use cellular data to get the content they want when WiFi is not available.

●      If consumers had access to more data, they would watch more video on mobile, however they do not want to pay for it.

Formed in 2004, the Steaming Video Alliance is a cross-industry group dedicated to best practices and technical requirements for online video. The alliance is backed by key technology vendors including Ciena, Cisco, Nokia, Ericsson, IBM, Qwilt, Vubiquity, Intel and leading service providers including Telecom Italia, Telstra, Verizon and Comcast.

Jason Thibeault, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance
This year’s Mobile Video report strongly validates this trend, and reveals how mobile is beginning to supplement other connected devices to consumer content, triggering organizations to begin thinking more about mobile as part of their overall viewing experience. .

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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