Cost is the main factor driving adoption of ad-supported video services, with nearly 50% of users citing the free price as their top reason for using the service, according to a new Parks Associates whitepaper, entitled “Personalized Virtual Channels: Maximizing FAST Content.” Content was also a key factor, with 31% using the service because it has their desired content, highlighting further opportunities to enhance and personalize user experiences with FAST video services.
“Personalized virtual channels take content curation to the next level. Using cloud-based personalization, service providers can tailor the content curation for that channel to individual users based on their viewing habits and preferences. This personalized viewing experience allows viewers to enjoy content that more accurately reflects their tastes and can keep them on and engage with the service for longer,” said Jennifer Kent, VP of Research at Parks Associates.
The "free" component has been the driving force behind the rise of these services, with 38% of users admitting that they do not mind viewing advertising on a free service. However, 41% of ad-supported customers dislike viewing video content with commercials, and 40% are dissatisfied with the frequency of ads. According to Parks, personalized virtual channels could create better viewing experiences for all consumers and provide differentiation for providers, while delivering new opportunities for media and entertainment advertising industries to monetize consumer viewership of these free ad-supported services.
“Personalized virtual channels are a necessary advancement in today’s streaming video industry to maximize viewership monetization,” Kent concluded.