Venezuelans embrace online TV

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 04 January 2015

Following slow but steady growth, online TV has established itself in Venezuela, where almost 8 in 10 users connected to the Internet are now using their second screens to watch movies, series and online channels.

vnzonlinevideoPowered by the country's IPTV network, which brought for the first time in 2009 the possibility of buying Internet and TV on the same package through the public telco CanTV, Venezuelans have become strong consumers of online video and connected screens.

According to Conatel, the country's telecom authority, quoting a survey by the website Hoy Venezuela on Twitter, over 80% of participants used the Internet to watch movies and series while almost 70% watch online free-to-air (FTA) TV channels.

Almost a quarter said they watched online video on a daily basis, while 22% watched it at least three times a week. According to Conatel, around 10 million people - out of 15.5 million that have access to the Internet - use some kind of online TV service, including online FTA channels, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and video-on-demand (VOD).

Although the research doesn't bring any concrete data about devices to light, the most-used second screen is still the computer, with smartphones and tablets quickly growing in popularity. Since December 2014 Venezuela has been deploying its LTE network to boost TV everywhere and mobile video services.