Quarter of OTT Users Say They Have Too Many Subscription Services

It’s one of the more interesting debates in video industry research circles right now—new OTT platforms from Disney, WarnerMedia, Apple and NBCUniversal are either walking into opportunity, or a market already saturated with streaming video services.

Hub Research’s latest online survey of 1,631 U.S. video consumers suggests the latter.

According to the firm’s latest survey of video consumers, 24% say they already have too many video services—up from 14% when the Hub’s “The Best Bundle” survey was last conducted in April 2018.

More than one-third of Hub’s survey respondents—36%—said they’d drop a video service or two before adding a new one.

In fact, Hub suggests the average number of subscription video services per home will ebb slightly in 2019, declining to 4.5 per household from 4.6 in 2018.

Last week, another research company, TDG, revealed that only 10% of respondents in a recent survey said they were about to shed a service or two. However, the company said this response isn't directly comparable to Hub's findings. 

Related: Subscription Fatigue is Over-Rated: Analyst

Hub reported the percentage of respondents with pay TV fell an astounding 9 percentage points to 75% from last spring’s survey. Those saying they have Netflix rose slightly, from 61% in 2018 to 62% as of April. Homes with Amazon Prime Video rose from 32% to 37%; and Hulu increased from 18% to 26%.

The share of respondents who reported using at least two of the big three SVOD services increased to 42% from 35%.

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!