1 FEB 2021

43% OF US HOUSEHOLDS PROJECTED TO SHIFT TO VMVPD IN THE NEXT YEAR

17% of vMVPD subscribers switched from traditional pay-TV within the last twelve months. vMVPD subscriber growth was waning, with some vMVPDs posting continued losses before it was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A recently released research report from Parks Associates, “Growth and Challenges for vMVPDs,”reveals 43% of US broadband households with traditional pay-TV are likely to switch to a virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) in the next 12 months. “Subscriber losses in traditional pay-TV continue, while the vMVPD category continues to grow, thanks to consumer price sensitivity and preferences for platform flexibility,” said Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at Parks Associates. “Traditional pay-TV operators have online delivery in their roadmaps, if not already deployed. We expect vMVPDs will continue to grow dramatically and will gradually become the dominant offering in the pay-TV landscape.”  

The research report indicates that while the absence of live sports and live performances during the COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for vMVPDs, successful services like Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV have been able to push the advantages in pricing, content, and platform flexibility to drive growth. The report examines the growth of this sector in the pay-TV market, the strategies and outlook for market players, and the challenges ahead for vMVPDs and the pay-TV market as a whole.

 

The report also reveals 17% of vMVPD subscribers switched from traditional pay-TV within the last twelve months. The pay-TV defections drivers include pricing and perceived value, while consumers positively respond to the flexibility of vMVPDs to deliver unique and targeted content packages on a variety of connected entertainment platforms.

Before the pandemic’s effects on streaming video consumption, vMVPD subscriber growth was weakining, with some vMVPDs posting continued losses. Though COVID-19 has driven growth and in some cases, recovery in the category, recent increases in vMVPD pricing make it uncertain how consumers will respond long term. “vMVPDs have substantial opportunity if they can avoid the pitfalls that typically drive pay-TV customer dissatisfaction, such as rising prices and inflexible content and platform options. With content prices rising and competition increasing, vMVPDs should remain conscious of consumer price sensitivity while keeping strict adherence to a consumer-centric experience,” Erickson said.  

Subscriber losses in traditional pay-TV continue, while the vMVPD category continues to grow, thanks to consumer price sensitivity and preferences for platform flexibility. Traditional pay-TV operators have online delivery in their roadmaps, if not already deployed. We expect vMVPDs will continue to grow dramatically and will gradually become the dominant offering in the pay-TV landscape.” Paul Erickson Senior Analyst, Parks Associates