FREE STREAMING AUDIENCE SET TO SURPASS SVOD IN 2022 ACCORDING TO THE STREAM: 2022 AUDIENCE INSIGHTS FOR BRANDS, TUBI’S LATEST ANNUAL REPORT ON STREAMING TV TRENDS
Subscription fatigue paves way for rapidly increasing AVOD viewership, now more closely reflecting U.S. general population demographics
FOX’s free streaming service continues to grow rapidly, with 3.6 billion hours watched in 2021 and double-digit growth in all audience segments, particularly among educated and affluent demos
FEBRUARY 9, 2022 — Tubi, FOX Entertainment’s free streaming service, today announced findings from The Stream: 2022 Audience Insights for Brands, its annual audience report providing insights that help shape streaming and TV marketing strategies. Tubi’s new research highlights the explosive growth of ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) services, set to surpass SVOD this year in audience size, and the changing demographics of a free streaming universe that remains young and multicultural while becoming more reflective of national audience averages in education and affluence.
The report also revealed that Tubi had 3.6 billion hours streamed in 2021, a 40% YoY increase in total viewing time (TVT) across its largest-in-streaming library of more than 40,000 titles. Further, Tubi’s incremental audience continues to complement other video investments – with 71% of Tubi streamers unreachable on cable, 56% unreachable on linear TV, and 27% unreachable on any other major free streaming platform.
“Our findings in The Stream bring AVOD to the forefront of streaming investment planning for brands in 2022, as well as a necessary complement to existing linear TV strategy,” said Natalie Bastian, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Tubi. “At Tubi, we’ve focused on connecting with new communities — both by accessing FOX’s desirable audience as well as partnering with next generation platforms to reach audiences not found on linear television — and it’s paid off with rapid growth among key audience segments.”
Among the report’s key insights:
- Free streaming’s audience will grow larger than paid streaming by mid-2022. AVOD audiences grew twice as fast (+16%) as SVOD (+8%) in 2021. In 2022, The Stream projects that the current ~5% gap in market penetration will close, with the number of AVOD users surpassing SVOD. This is attributable to a variety of factors, including subscription fatigue, ubiquitous hardware, cord cutting and increased broadband access. While total view time (TVT) is still led by SVOD, the opportunity for AVOD to expand TVT has never been greater.
- Free streaming viewership is expanding rapidly among educated and higher-income earners and becoming more reflective of national audience averages. AVOD adoption was led by the young (who still over-index vs. general population), but mature, educated and affluent audiences are growing rapidly. Tubi has seen double-digit growth in all audience segments over the past year — with the most growth among college educated and affluent ($100k+ HHI) demos, placing Tubi on par with U.S. national averages. With an average viewer 16+ years younger than non-streamers, Tubi’s audience has become nationally representative across geographic, economic and educational segments, and includes a large multicultural audience, comprising 40% of its user base.
- Free streaming platforms are garnering distinct, loyal audiences, while maintaining audience overlap with SVOD. Streamers continue to gravitate to specific AVOD services as their “television of choice,” while being selective about which services they pay a premium for. Factors that determine AVOD selection in a crowded marketplace include ease of use, content, personalization and user experience. Currently, over a quarter (27%) of Tubi streamers can’t be reached on any other major AVOD service: 78% aren’t on Peacock, and 62% aren’t on Hulu; however, 71% subscribe to Netflix, currently unreachable by ads.
- Streaming will become the fastest growing video format in both viewership and media investment. Connected TV and over-the-top (CTV/OTT) ad spend grew 34% in 2021, compared to 7.4% for national broadcast and cable. The Stream projects that half of all internet users will use free streaming services by 2024, and by 2026, ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) revenues will triple 2021 levels, reaching $31.5 billion.
- Streaming viewers are becoming more receptive to ads. Tubi has some of the lightest ad load in the AVOD space: only 4-6 minutes per hour of viewing, giving advertisers increased brand recognition and recall in an environment where viewers are most receptive. This compares to traditional TV, with an ad load of 13-17 minutes every hour. Tubi streamers are 10% more likely than the general population to state “I like to look at advertising.”
In maintaining quality ad load, 82% of marketers state ad frequency management is an important factor when partnering with streaming television. With OTT ad spend expected to grow 28% in 2022, Tubi’s Advanced Frequency Management (AFM) solution allows brands to reduce ad repetition and over-frequency, targeting the right viewers with precision and fully realizing the return on their streaming investments. The Stream illustrates AFM’s value for advertisers with a major insurance brand that experienced 213% more unique devices reached and a 113% increase in average daily unique reach during its campaign with Tubi. Further, advertising on Tubi delivered between 75-95% incremental reach for brands.
About the data: Tubi commissioned survey research with MarketCast, a leading industry insights provider, to better understand streamers’ preferences, habits and perspective on the state of streaming today. The online survey of 6,003 adult streamers over 18 years of age was conducted in Q4 2021. Tubi also included analysis from a number of first-party and third-party data sources, focusing on a combination of MRI and self-reported data. Additional partnerships included Advertiser Perceptions, Kantar, MRI-Simmons, NinthDecimal and TVSquared, with all research cited in the report.
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Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment, is an ad-supported video-on-demand service with over 40,000 movies and TV shows, including a growing library of Tubi originals, more than 100 local and live news and sports channels, and 250+ entertainment partners, featuring content from nearly every major Hollywood studio. Tubi gives fans of film, television, news and sports an easy way to discover new content that is completely free.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at www.tubi.tv.
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