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2018 China SVOD Consumer Deep Dive

Report by Tim Mulligan
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The 20,000 Foot View:  The global subscription video on demand (SVOD) market is dominated in subscriber terms by the US and China, with both markets accounting for the majority of global users. However, beyond sharing scale the customer bases of the two SVOD markets have little in common. The Chinese subscriber base is both younger and less family orientated than in the US, with much of the payment and consumption being done by younger consumers away from the family TV set. China’s status as an emerging market also helps to explain the increased adoption of SVOD, powered by accelerated rates of smart phone engagement. Underpinning all of this is the regulatory protection that Chinese SVOD services receive, enabling them to scale the market more rapidly.

Key Findings

  • iQiYi is the best performing Chinese SVOD service with        of its weekly active users being paying subscribers
  •        of Chinese SVOD users are        years old
  • Only        of Chinese SVOD users are aged       
  • Chinese 20–24 year olds have the highest SVOD penetration at       
  • At        penetration, watching TV shows and movies on computers is more popular than watching on mobile       
  •        of Chinese consumers watch TV shows and movies on game consoles        of Chinese consumers binge watch
  • Streaming piracy of TV and film content, at        penetration, is more widespread than SVOD subscriptions       
  •        of Chinese households have a traditional pay-TV subscription        of Chinese households cancelled a traditional pay-TV subscription in the prior three months

Companies and brands mentioned in this report: iQiYi, Kugou, Netflix, QQ, Sohu Video, Tencent, Tencent Video, WeChat Weibo, Whatsapp, YouTube, Youkou Tudou

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