Netflix Watch in Higher Demand Than Pay-TV VOD and Premium Channels

by Parks Associates | Jun. 19, 2012

Low cost and viewing flexibility give Netflix an advantage over pay-TV VOD and premium broadcast TV, according to a new study on consumer video viewing. Choosing Content: Viewing Video found Netflix Watch Instantly rates higher in customer satisfaction than premium broadcast TV because of these factors. Netflix also topped pay-TV VOD in terms of cost.

The Netflix over-the-top (OTT) service also influences the decision processes of pay-TV consumers, raising the possibility of Watch Instantly cannibalizing pay-TV offerings. New research found 16% of U.S. broadband consumers, when watching movies on VOD, consider instead using an online subscription service as an alternative. Similarly, 17% of those watching TV programs on a premium channel like HBO consider using Netflix instead.

Pay-TV providers worldwide have adopted their own OTT services to combat independent services such as Netflix, but consumer awareness is low and few providers offer subscription OTT services. Comcast offers an OTT subscription service exclusively to its pay-TV subscribers, and DISH Network offers an online service to its subscribers via Blockbuster. Verizon and Redbox are partnering to offer an over-the-top service later this year.
 


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