OTT passes 50% of American homes

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 28 April 2015

More than half (55%) of US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) video service, up from 44% in 2013.

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"Consumers in key demographics have adopted OTT services in large numbers, and now both content companies and service providers need to develop the technologies and solutions to deliver high-quality video experiences to these subscribers," said Glenn Hower, research analyst at Parks Associates.

Interestingly, while OTT uptake continues apace, it's not necessarily translating into cord-cutting. Nielsen recently found that 93% of cable subscribers who also have a subscription video-on-demand VOD service are more likely to drop the SVOD than they are cable. A full 99% of cable subscribers who also had SVOD still had cable three months later.

"Cable may have a little more staying power than it's actually being given credit for recently," said Glenn Enoch, senior VP of audience insights for the measurement and data service at Parks Associates.