Battle of the Titans: New Entrants, New ServicesConsumers clearly want all of their content to be seamlessly bundled. When asked to express their preference for a non-traditional broadcaster to provide them access to video, respondents selected Google, Apple and Samsung, in that order. The selections were based on the companies’ potential to deliver Pay TV, VOD and Catch-up TV, not the current core capabilities of these companies. “It is no coincidence that the three most popular brands also have the largest market share of phones and tablets. Consumers clearly value content seamlessly bundled with devices – the reason Amazon dominates the ebook market with Kindle – it provides the best end-to-end experience. It will be interesting to see if Amazon climbs up the list when they launch a TV product,” said Mann. “These disruptors are clearly bringing a lot of new technology to our century-old television viewing experience. Today’s incumbents have a great opportunity if they can innovate, while successfully leveraging their core strengths. Tomorrow’s high performers – will be those that combine art and technology.” Consumers Willing to Take Chances Consumers expressed growing confidence in Ultra HDTV, with 18 percent looking forward to buying an Ultra HDTV set over the next 12 months despite a lack of content and streaming outlets. This suggests a trajectory similar to that off HD, where strong early adoption of TV sets ultimately drove up the supply of HDTV channels and Blu-ray discs. Despite more than half (55 percent) of respondents expressing concerns about data security, two-thirds (67 percent) are willing to provide additional personal data if service providers will offer additional services or discounts. Of course, these offers need to comply with local data protection laws. Having grown-up with computers, Millennials appear to be the generation that is most comfortable sharing their personal information, with Generation X and Baby Boomers significantly less trusting.
“Broadcasters must gain this trust if they are going to offer new products and services such as recommendation engines and targeted advertising based on consumer data,” said Mann.Mobile Video is the Next Frontier Consumers are viewing digital content across more mobile screens but it remains anchored in the home. The overwhelming majority (more than 90 percent) of all digital consumption still occurs in the home via a fixed line. Bandwidth constraints outside the home also continue to limit mobile entertainment to a highly significant degree. “There is a significant opportunity here for providers that can offer a truly mobile video experience regardless of location. The race is on to create the compelling mobile user experience, ‘the Spotify for Video’ – which, combined with increased 4G network coverage, could create the next tipping point,” said Mann. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing discussion about these themes and trends, please join us online at Pulse of Media or follow #PulseofMedia on Twitter. Methodology The Accenture Digital Consumer Survey was conducted online between October and December, 2013, with 23,000 consumers in 23 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The sample in each country is representative of the online population, with respondents ranging in age from 14 to 55 and over. The survey polled respondents about their daily consumption of online content across a number of devices and video screens. About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 289,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.