Worldwide Subscription OTT Users Forecast 2022

Regional Projections, National Rankings, and a Spotlight on Netflix Viewership

About This Report
Watching subscription over-the-top (sub OTT) video has become one of the most popular activities in the world, and the worldwide user numbers for sub OTT have become commensurately huge. Netflix remains a driving force in this digital transformation.
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Executive Summary

Annual user growth for subscription over-the-top (sub OTT) video services went through an explosive phase that was extended and amplified by the pandemic—but now it’s finally slowing. With nearly 2 billion people worldwide using these services in 2022, opportunities for further growth mainly lie in emerging markets.


  1. How many people will use sub OTT services worldwide in 2022 and beyond?
  2. What does sub OTT usage look like by country and in various regions?
  3. Where is Netflix viewership highest and lowest globally?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? Our latest forecast for worldwide sub OTT video service users, including breakdowns and comparisons across regions and selected countries. Also, our newest forecast for Netflix viewer numbers around the world.

KEY STAT: This year, 1.88 billion people around the world will use sub OTT services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. Although growth is slowing, the headroom for increased usership is still high, as fewer than 50.0% of internet users worldwide are watching sub OTT.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Key Points
  3. The Global Outlook and National Rankings
  1. A Region-by-Region Look: Where to Find the Users, Where to Find the Growth
  2. Spotlight on Netflix: Our Worldwide Viewer Forecast for the Sub OTT Industry Leader
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