Sports Fans Consumer Trends 2019

The 20,000 Foot View: Sports-centric subscription video on demand (SVOD) services have largely struggled to entice subscribers, based on their current value propositions which consist mainly of niche rights. Pay-TV has the lion’s share of premium domestic sports rights, providing it with an advantageous set of assets partially justifying premium-priced contracts for its subscriber base. The move by streaming insurgent X to incorporate advertising behind its paywall illustrates a need for pure-play sport SVODs to diversify their revenue streams. The tolerance of sports fans towards advertising is now crucial in building robust and sustainable business models for sports broadcasting in the streaming ecosystem.

Key Findings

  • X% of sports SVOD weekly active users (WAUs) are X years old
  • X year olds only account for X% of all sports SVOD WAUs, compared to X% of consumers who watch live sports on TV
  • While engagement for sport-centric services is X, adoption in terms of WAU has increased among X  year olds, rising from X% in Q4 2018 to X% in Q1 2019
  • X (X year olds) significantly under index for all sports video consumption, representing a growing concern for sporting bodies
  • X year olds are twice as likely as the average consumer to play X weekly, while being half as likely as the average consumer to X
  • X’s insufficient rights offering is highlighted by only X% of US consumers subscribing in Q1 2019, peaking in X at only X% penetration
  • X are more receptive to adverts than X, with X% not skipping adverts deemed relevant

Companies and brands mentioned in this report: DAZN, English Premier League, Fortnite, Liverpool FC, MLB, Netflix, NHL, UEFA Champions League

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