Global pandemic causes stratospheric rise in TV consumption

MADRID, 24 June, 2020 – Mirada, a leading provider of integrated software solutions for digital TV operators and broadcasters, releases global data from their data analytics platform, LogIQ, showing an unprecedented rise in worldwide TV content consumption since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mirada’s data compares consumption across its customers’ pay TV services before quarantine in the territories in which they operate, 1 February 2020, up to 30 April 2020. During this time, customers including izzi Telecom in Mexico and One Communications in Bermuda have implemented a number of initiatives to keep their subscribers entertained during the quarantine in their territories, from opening up premium and additional kids and news linear channels, to adding more titles to their on-demand catalogues and even offering generous discounts on premium content.

Between 1 February and 30 April, total linear TV (traditional, scheduled TV) consumption increased by 24%, with an 18% increase in average linear consumption between Monday and Friday. As expected during a global pandemic, much of this increase comes from the huge growth in consumption of linear news channels, which escalated by over 80% during the period. Meanwhile, the selection of premium linear channels opened up by Mirada’s customers, to which consumers newly subscribed, saw more than a 170% increase in consumption.

Video on Demand (VoD) consumption across the pay TV operators’ platforms increased by 41%, with a 32% increase in average VoD consumption between Monday and Friday. The data also revealed the highest increase of VoD consumption was with children’s content, which rose by 56%. The data showed that children are now watching more VoD content during the week, with a 79% increase in total consumption between Monday and Friday. Additionally, children’s VoD content consumed on a tablet device increased by a staggering 122%, giving insight into the impact homeschooling has on viewing habits and screen time amongst children, with many parents seeming to have relaxed or implemented unlimited screen time policies.

As well as an unprecedented increase in consumption, the aggregated data, gathered by Mirada’s analytics platform, also suggests a large shift amongst consumers towards purchasing additional TV content from Transactional Video on Demand (TVoD) catalogues, with purchases of one-off items of TVoD content increasing by 48%. With more audiences staying at home during the week, Mirada’s customers saw a 49% increase in average TVoD purchases made across their platforms between Monday and Friday, increasing the proportion of monthly TVoD purchases made mid-week by 6%.

Jose Luis Vazquez, CEO of Mirada says: “Many of our customers around the world implemented solidarity initiatives to keep their subscribers entertained at home as quarantines were announced across their territories. This included opening up premium linear channels and offering more free kids and news channels, adding more content to their on-demand services and even providing generous discounts on premium content services.”

“We therefore expected our data analytics platform to show an increase in consumption. However, our findings were truly extraordinary, particularly as TV operators might only expect to see a monthly variation in consumption of around 2%.”

“We are delighted the data confirms the success of the initiatives taken by our customers, offering people more access to a variety of entertainment, which hopefully gives a welcome reprieve from the challenges of living in lockdown.”

“It is interesting to consider the potential long-term impact recent lockdown measures will have on TV consumption, given they have introduced large numbers of consumers to pay-TV services that might otherwise not have considered them.”

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