Video views in Q2 increased by 40% and connected TVs grew by 160% as consumption of news and entertainment content nearly doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV), the world’s leading video technology platform, today published the Brightcove Q2 2020 Global Video Index Entertainment and Media Edition, which found that OTT streaming of entertainment content continued to dominate, even as governments began loosening stay-at-home restrictions. The data suggests that consumers’ media consumption habits may be permanently shifting away from linear TV, cementing streaming as the go-to choice for entertainment viewing.
Brightcove’s Q2 2020 Global Video Index analyzes hundreds of billions of recent data points from Brightcove’s customers globally to provide insights into how viewers are watching video content. The Q2 data shows that consumption of news and entertainment content nearly doubled (40%) from Q1 (23%) – a significant finding considering Q2 typically sees slower growth in video viewing compared to Q1. Looking at the first half of 2020 compared to 2019, the number of views overall is up more than 30%.
“Consumers in Europe continue to remain glued to their smartphones as we’ve seen mobile consumption surge for two consecutive quarters now,” said Jim O’Neill, Principal Analyst and Author of Brightcove’s Global Video Index. “This, in addition to video views on connected TVs continuing to grow, indicates consumers increasingly are turning to streaming devices to view entertainment content. This shift in consumption will only strengthen as connected TVs inevitably replace computers as the second preferred device for consumption – following mobile.”
Where consumers choose to view their content is also shifting. Connected TVs (CTVs) saw the most growth in Q2 (160% year-over-year), indicating a resurgence in larger screens as the viewing medium of choice for entertainment.
Other notable findings from the Brightcove Q2 2020 Global Video Index that are specific to Europe include:
- Consumption peaked despite regions reopening. Video views were up 52% in Q2.
- Smartphones are continuing to see spikes in consumption. Views on mobile devices increased by 69%, following Q1 in which mobile views more than doubled. Smartphones were also dominant across all content lengths in Q2.
- CTVs saw a surge in use. Video views on CTVs were up 42% in Q2; 45% in April, 37% in May, and 44% in June. For the first six months of the year, views on CTVs grew 49%, the second biggest gain among devices. CTV viewers also watched content more than 3x as long as on any other device.
“2020 has become video’s evolutionary moment, and streaming entertainment video content is one area where we will continue to see growth,” said Jeff Ray, Brightcove CEO. “The crisis has impacted people at an emotional and financial level, making the need for human connection through video content more crucial than ever. We’re seeing this play out with the rise of streaming services subscriptions, indicating that the future of entertainment consumption lies in connected and mobile devices – linear television could soon be of the past.”
To download the complete Brightcove Q2 2020 Global Video Index Entertainment and Media Edition inclusive of all data, visit: https://www.brightcove.com/en/video-index
To learn more about this quarter’s findings, tune into an exclusive webinar with Jim O’Neill on September 15th. To register, visit: https://get.brightcove.com/global-video-index-2020-q2/
About the Global Video Index
Brightcove’s Global Video Index assesses more than 400 billion anonymized data points from Brightcove’s thousands of customers each quarter, drawing industry insights that can help guide strategic and tactical decisions for businesses of all sizes.
About Brightcove Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOV)
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Since Brightcove was established in 2004, we have consistently pushed boundaries to create a platform for people who are serious about video: one that is robust, scalable, and intuitive. Benefiting from a global infrastructure, unrivalled customer support, an extensive partner ecosystem, and relentless investment in R&D, Brightcove video sets the standard for professional grade video management, distribution, and monetization. To learn more, visit www.brightcove.com.
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