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Myth or Reality? VAB Probes 15 Video Viewing Fallacies

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New Marketer’s Guide Delivers Fact-Based Answers to Common Video Viewing Misconceptions

VAB investigates and debunks commonly held video viewing beliefs in its new guide, A Culture of Extremes: Exposing The Myths About Video Viewing Behavior. In the guide, 15 video viewing myths are examined and disproved using credible statistics from verified sources, including those relating to cord cutting; time spent viewing video via linear TV compared to viewing using internet connected devices; younger audience viewing behavior; as well as misconceptions about moviegoers.

A Culture of Extremes equips brand marketers and agency professionals with accurate U.S. video viewing behavior data. The following fallacies are among the 15 examined in the guide.

MYTH: Everyone is cutting the cord and leaving cable for video substitutes and subscriptions
  • The reality is the majority of U.S. households today (82 million) have multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) subscriptions.
  • MVPDs are the leading video distribution access point for consumers, followed by over-the-air-only (18.4 million), over-the-top (OTT)-only (16.4 million) and virtual MVPD delivery (9.3 million).
  • In 2020, projections estimate four times more households with MVPD subscriptions (78.8 million) than OTT-only households (18.3 million) and seven times more than virtual MVPD households (10.8 million)

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MYTH: Everyone is spending more time on platforms like Facebook and YouTube than ad-supported TV
  • According to VAB, in any given minute there are seven times more people 18+ years of age watching ad-supported TV content than are on YouTube and 13 times more than are on Facebook.
MYTH: No one under 35 watches linear TV anymore because they are living on subscription video-on-demand platforms, digital sites and social media
  • Fifty percent of video consumption by adults 18-34 years of age is through linear TV (nearly two hours per day), with live TV accounting for 44% of total video viewing in the first quarter of 2019.
  • The time adults 18-34 years spent viewing video on internet connected devices and gaming consoles was 20% and 14% respectively.

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MYTH: No one goes to the movies anymore because of streaming services
  • In the last decade, box office revenue has grown 24%, with 2018 breaking records for domestic box office revenue ($12 billion in ticket sales) and over 1.3 billion admissions.

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