‘Netflix Only’ Still the Top Streaming Service Portfolio in the U.S.

The majority of U.S. that have adopted streaming, 71%, subscribe to more than one SVOD service, according to a new report by Ampere Analysis.

Only 29% of streaming homes are now defined as “solos”—that is, subscribing to only one subscription video on demand (SVOD) service. That’s down from 41% in 2016. (Ampere describes homes with more than one SVOD service as “stackers.”)

Whether they’re solos or stackers, Netflix is usually included in the configuration of most U.S. household portfolios of SVOD services.

According to Ampere, 20% of U.S. homes are solos subscribing only to Netflix. The next most popular portfolio are stackers using both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (14%). Nine percent combine Netflix with Hulu, 5% take Amazon only and 1% subscribe to only Hulu.

Notably, as Disney and WarnerMedia prepare major SVOD launches, Ampere said that the number of homes stacking four our more services has remained largely flat in recent quarters.

“As SVOD stacking slows rapidly, there is evidence that households have begun to curate their SVoD bundles,” wrote Toby Holleran, senior analyst at Ampere Analysis. “Will they find additional budget for future services, such as Disney+, or will they swap-out existing services? We know that Netflix has the highest satisfaction score of any U.S. TV service with Amazon and Hulu close behind—placing all three in relatively secure positions. This makes Disney+ most likely to displace the niche streaming services.”

Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. You can start living a healthier life with greater wealth and prosperity by following Daniel on Twitter today!