We hope you’re enjoying this frankly absurd and unnatural weather. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to avoid the sun as the SVoD market heats up.

  1. ESPN Will Test NBA Game Stream Aimed Just at Teens

Viewers will see various emoji-like symbols pop up during game play – like a ‘fire’ graphic if a shooter has a hot hand – or data nuggets about steals, assists, rebounds and more. ESPN executives see the whole thing as an experiment in the ongoing quest by TV networks to give viewers between 12 and 17 a feed of game action that best suits them.

 

  1. Netflix to raise prices for UK subscribers by up to 20%

The streaming company, which has not raised prices in the UK since 2017, is increasing the cost of a standard plan by £1 to £8.99 and premium by £2 to £11.99. The price of a basic plan remains unchanged at £5.99.

 

  1. Global SVoD subs near 1bn

As the gross subscription total races towards 1 billion, the net subscriber count will rise by 175 million between 2018 and 2024 to reach 531 million. This means that the average SVoD subscriber will pay for 1.78 SVoD subscriptions by 2024 – up from 1.43 in 2018.

 

  1. Half of UK homes are SVOD subscribers

A little under 50% of television homes in the UK are subscribed to at least one SVOD platform.

According to the latest statistics from BARB, the number of homes with SVOD services has risen by 8.37% – just over a million – in Q1 2019. The total is 13.33 million.

 

  1. Disney+ ‘to lead’ doubling of western Europe SVOD base

Subscription video-on-demand numbers in western Europe are set to double over the next five years, with Disney+ contributing hugely to the boom, according to a report by Digital TV Research. According to the Western Europe OTT TV and Video Forecast Report, SVOD gross subscriptions – meaning each subscription service taken up by households – in western Europe will double from 65.19 million at the end of 2018 to 131.2 million by 2024.

 

  1. 31% of US adults watch via a Connected TV daily

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group finds that 74% of US TV households have at least one internet-connected TV device, including connected Smart TVs, stand-alone streaming devices (like Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick or set-top box, Chromecast, or Apple TV), connected video game systems, and/or connected Blu-ray players.

This is a similar level to last year, and an increase from 69% with at least one connected TV device in 2017, 50% in 2014, and 24% in 2010.