How TV and Online Video Consumption Stack Up

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/television/how-tv-and-online-video-consumption-stack-up-36594/?utm_campaign=rssfeed&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

Nielsen-TV-v-Online-Video-18-24-YO-Sept2013Online video has become an increasingly popular advertising channel, with many marketers shifting budgets from TV to fund those efforts (see here, here, and here). Such a response might imply that traditional TV consumption is falling off a cliff, succumbing to the soaring rise of online video. While TV and online video consumption are no doubt linked, looking only at their isolated trends can prove misleading, masking what continues to be a vast gap in consumption.

[Disclaimer: this is an agnostic look at consumption figures. It does not take into account attention paid to the medium, advertising effectiveness, or other such variables, for which one medium may be preferred to the other. It is simply an attempt to put in context the amount of time being spent with these various media.]

It’s true that TV’s audience has seemingly plateaued: according to Nielsen’s cross-platform reports (the latest of which can be downloaded here), the number of Americans aged 2 and up who watch traditional TV dipped by 0.2% year-over-year in Q2 2013, after declines of 0.1% in Q1, 0.2% in Q4 2012, 1.1% in Q3, and 1.7% in Q2. By contrast, the number of mobile subscribers watching video on a mobile device continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with the latest year-over-year increase at 36.5%. (Curiously, Nielsen’s figures show online video’s reach as being down by more than 7% year-over-year. Recent data from comScore indicates that reach has increased throughout this year.)

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By: Dr. Augustine Fou Thursday, September 12th, 2013 news

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