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January 2023

2022 Media on the Move

This new report will explore how people use media while “on the move’ – with a particular emphasis on in-car usage, but also including other mobile use such as while commuting or traveling.

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While the focus on new media technology is often about what’s in the living room or kitchen – streaming to TVs, smart speakers, and so on – there is another revolution happening in the garage. Cars, SUVs, and trucks have seen a revolution in their media tech as well. Old tech like broadcast radio and CDs have often been replaced by the music and audio apps found on consumers’ smartphones, which are now plugged into the car’s media systems. Kids who used to watch DVDs on in-car systems now often are using tablets with downloaded content, or even in-car hotspots.

Similar transitions are seen in other aspects of consumer travel, such as commuting, where digital options are supplanting analog media like newspapers and magazines – or providing new options for video and audio on-the-go.

This new report will explore how people use media while “on the move’ – with a particular emphasis on in-car usage, but also including other mobile use such as while commuting or traveling.

The report will look at the high-tech media world inside Americans’ cars, trucks and SUVs, including the presence and use of new media tech such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, voice commands, in-car Wi-Fi hotspots, and seatback screens as well as traditional built-in audio systems. It will also cover topics such as media sources people are more likely to consume in the car; what drivers want in entertainment versus passengers; and how kids drive in-car media choices. Additionally, we’ll look briefly at other out-of-home mobile use, such as while commuting (bus/train/subway) or traveling (train/airplane).

This report will provide guidance to media stakeholders better understand consumers’ use of media on the move to help guide business tactics and strategic investments.

Source: Interviews with 2,566 U.S. consumers age 16-74.

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January 2023

2022 Video Redefined

The study will help our TV industry and advertising clients better understand the competitive challenges posed by non-TV content, how those challenges are evolving as new platforms emerge and gain popularity, and what strategies will be most effective in addressing the competitive threat.

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The annual  Video Redefined study takes a step back from our typical focus on consumption of TV and movie content, and tracks use of the ever-expanding array of other types of video content at consumers’ disposal.

Past waves of the study have tracked the growing popularity of YouTube influencers, platforms like TikTok, and content categories like podcasts, livestreaming, and mobile videogames. We’ve looked at how consumption of non-TV content varies by consumer segment, we’ve identified the most common use-cases, and we’ve tracked consumers’ reaction to advertising on non-TV video platforms. And of course, one of the main goals of the study has been to measure the impact that consumption of this content is having on traditional TV viewing.

This year’s wave of the study will cover all of the above, but it will also measure adoption of a brand-new tool in the streaming  TV arsenal: the just-launched ad-supported tier of Netflix. The timing of the new tier’s introduction and of this wave of the study will allow us to take a deep look at early adopters of the new tier, including the consumer segmetns most likely to have signed up, the number of Netflix ad-free subs who have made the switch (or intend to make the switch) to ad-supported, the number of brand new Netflix subscribers lured by the lower priced plan, and the extent to which the new plan reduces the number of subscribers who churn in and out of Netflix as TV shows come and go.

In the end, the study will help our TV industry and advertising clients better understand the competitive challenges posed by non-TV content, how those challenges are evolving as new platforms emerge and gain popularity, and what strategies will be most effective in addressing the competitive threat. At the same time, the study will also point to opportunities for TV firms to join the non-TV fray, by developing their own offerings (e.g., Netflix’s foray into gaming) that stretch beyond their traditional content categories.

Source: Interviews with 1,900 US TV viewers with broadband age 13-74.

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