US Video Trends to Watch for 2023

Shifts in Viewing Habits Ahead as Consumers Cut Services and Ad-Supported Tiers Crop Up

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Declining TV viewing, tiered streaming, emergent ad businesses, and content spending cutbacks will be among the most prominent 2023 video trends.
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Viewership and ad dollars keep shifting from TV toward digital video. But streaming services are finding it challenging to reign in costs and convince more people to pay subscription fees. Inflation and the stagnating economy are disincentivizing people from subscribing to more entertainment products, which is a problem for streaming services seeking profitability. The stability of the streaming space will be tested in the coming year.

Streaming Will Catch Linear TV in Time Spent Before Ad Spending

TV ad spend still significantly exceeds streaming’s spend. In 2023, US subscription over-the-top (sub OTT) ad spend will reach about one-sixth of linear TV ad spend. Streaming offers more ad-free options than TV—and when ads are present, loads are lighter.

Subscription streamers aren’t as reliant on ads.

  • Paid streaming services are funded more through subscription fees than ad revenues.
  • But ads are becoming a bigger part of paid streaming services’ business.
  • Even Netflix features advertising now, and Disney+ is introducing its ad-based tier on December 8.

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  1. Streaming Will Catch Linear TV in Time Spent Before Ad Spending
  2. Streaming Services Become More Cost-Conscious
  3. Streaming Ad Spending Diversifies Beyond the Top 3
  1. The Line Dividing Free and Paid Viewing Blurs
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authors

Ross Benes

Contributors

Evelyn Mitchell
Analyst, Digital Advertising & Media
Chuck Rawlings
Senior Researcher
Paul Verna
Principal Analyst
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