Video entertainment has undergone profound recent change. And while it’s clear that digital will continue to reinvent the rules, the threat of infringement remains a constant.
Internet access accelerated a media revolution. Fixed and mobile bandwidth improvements have transformed viewing habits. Covid-19 took that trend and, with millions staying home, kicked online video into a dominant media position. As online viewing became the norm, it established different expectations of convenience and personalization among audiences. Quality content is now not just in demand but on-demand. Globally.
39% of US streaming customers canceled a service, largely due to cost – while 36% of UK soccer fans illegally stream games each month, with cost cited as the primary reason
Yet even as explosive growth cooled and the battle for subscribers has intensified, more media and technology companies have been drawn into the over-the-top video sector, in particular streaming. Premium content is playing a defining role as providers seek to maintain gains in the face of increasing churn. Landmark TV series, direct to streaming films, and live sports, are among the most highly prized by audiences and broadcasters.