Ooyala Releases Mobile Video Consumption Numbers for Q1 2018

Mobile video consumption continues to rise, but growth stabilized in Q1 2018; total video plays increased during the quarter just 1.8% from the prior year, per Ooyala’s newly released Q1 2018 Global Video Index Report. The increase was one of the smallest in 14 quarters, and also marked the first quarter-over-quarter decline in mobile’s share of plays at nearly 4.6%.

Nevertheless, consumption on mobile devices of long-form video — defined as more than 20 minutes in length — continues to thrive. On smartphones, for example, 20-to-40-minute-long videos were viewed to completion 57% of the time, while videos exceeding 40 minutes (ultra-long form) were viewed to completion more than 45% of the time, the Ooyala study found.

On other devices, Ooyala found:

  • Viewers watched long-form content (20-40 mins) to completion 61% on tablets and 71% on PCs
  • Viewers watched ultra-long form content (40+ mins) to completion 51%on tablets and 59% on PCs

“Consumers are becoming far more comfortable watching any content on every screen than they’ve ever been,” says Jim O’Neill, Ooyala principal analyst. “The traditional barriers to multiscreen viewing — the amount of available premium content, the cost of service, and the quality of experience — all have fallen. The first screen for viewing truly has become the screen that’s most available to the viewer at the moment.”

Latin America (LatAm) saw significant quarter-over-quarter gains in mobile’s share of video plays while Asia-Pacific grew slightly, despite declines in Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and North America.

But in North America, mobile video plays were still up 9% from a year ago and 18% over the past two years, accounting for 56.6% of all video plays in Q1 2018.

In related findings:

  • EMEA saw mobile video plays hit 58% in the first quarter of 2018, a 22% Y/Y increase from 47.8% in Q1 2017, and 39% better than Q1 2016
  • Asia-Pac saw the share of video plays on mobile devices hit 60.7%, up from 52.3% a year ago
  • Latin America’s share of video plays on mobile devices reached an all-time high of 59.5%

While OTT services more than doubled their hours of content offerings in Q4 2017, even more content was created in Q1 2018 — reaching nearly three times the amount processed the year before.

Specifically:

  • Long-form content (longer than 20 minutes) jumped 189%
  • Medium-form content (5-20 minutes) was up 171%
  • Short-form (shorter than 5 minutes) grew 178%

“Mobile video content is coming from an expanding universe of creators and distributors across sports, news, entertainment, and enterprise,” adds O’Neill. “They understand that mobile needs to be a pillar of any content provider’s streaming video strategy. Ignore mobile or allow lower-quality standards for your video stream, and you’re likely to lose a significant portion of your business.”

The full Ooyala Q1 2018 Global Video Index Report can be found here.