netflixThe popularity of streaming Internet TV and movie services provided over-the-top (OTT) has reached another new high point. More American Internet users are using streaming video services than have cable pay-TV subscriptions, according to an eMarketer report based on a May 2017 market study about SVOD subscribers from Fluent LLC.

Two-thirds of U.S. Internet users watch or have access to a streaming video service as compared to 61 percent who subscribe to a cable pay-TV service in their homes. Demographically, Millennials continue to set the pace when it comes to streaming video service use. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said they have access to one.

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OTT streaming video services continue to gain ground among older U.S. Internet users as well. Just shy of two-thirds (65%) of non-Millennials said they had access to a streaming video service, Fluent highlights.

Also unsurprisingly, Netflix continues to reign supreme among Millennials and those 35 or older. Just over six in 10 of those surveyed (61%) said they had Neflix access. That compares to 45 percent of non-Millennials.

Amazon Prime Video was the second-most popular streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Notably, it was the only one that was equally popular among Millennials and non-Millennials: 16 percent of those in both age groups said they subscribed to the SVOD service.


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Cost was the main reason just over one-third of respondents (34%) said they signed up for a streaming video service. Furthermore, nearly three in 10 Millennials (29%) said having the convenience of watching video content on any device was their primary decision-making criterion. Just over two in 10 non-Millennials (21%) said the same.

Access to original content also figured strongly among the main motivations respondents cited. Nearly one-fifth (18%) of all respondents said it did. In contrast, access to syndicated content was cited as a reason for signing up for a streaming video service by just seven percent.

Growing numbers of TV viewers are taking a “smorgasbord” approach to content and service offerings, mixing and matching traditional broadcast, pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and SVOD (OTT) services to create their own “perfect TV offer.” Subscribers to “pay-TV plus SVOD”  rose to 40% of TV viewers in North America and Europe, up from 24% in mid-2015, Ampere Analysis highlights in a recently released market study.

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