New Video Marketplace Report from FreeWheel Shows Ad Views in 1H2020 Grew Over 32% Compared to the Same Time Last Year
73% of ad views during the first half of the year were on the big screen, as viewers were less mobile due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The report found that video viewing soared as consumers were forced to hunker down at home. In fact, premium video ad views the first half of 2020 grew over 32% compared to the same time last year, driven by a 17% year-over-year increase in video views.
The first half of 2020 also revealed that, when at home, Americans preferred the best viewing experience possible: “the big screen.” As people were stuck inside during this unique period, they turned to their television sets for entertainment and information rather than their mobile devices. In the
“In the first half of 2020, we observed that the lockdown restrictions related to COVID-19 proved to be an accelerant for changes among both audiences and advertisers,” said
During this period, live viewing also showed no sign of slowing down. The report revealed that live viewing grew +38% despite an absence of sports, a phenomenon fueled particularly by interest in news and the growth of free virtual channels. This finding again proved that people still like the linear-like viewing experience – even on digital platforms.
The data set used for FreeWheel’s Video Marketplace Report is one of the largest available on the usage and monetization of professional, rights-managed video content worldwide. The figures are based on aggregated and anonymized advertising data collected through the FreeWheel platform.
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