Nevion Survey: Live event broadcasting the preferred choice for 40% of TV viewers

Live content breaks down generational differences to beat on-demand and scheduled programming

Oslo, Norway, June 6, 2024 – Live events are the preferred type of broadcast content for 40% of TV viewers around the world, proving more popular than any other type of programming. This is according to consumers in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, France and the Nordics from independent research commissioned by Nevion, a Sony Group Company and award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, and carried out by research house Vitreous World.

More consumers in the regions surveyed prefer to watch live broadcast events than on-demand content via streaming services (31%) or scheduled programming by TV stations (29%).  Unlike other content, live programming is resonating with different demographics. The results show that it is breaking down the generational divide by being universally popular among age ranges. Of the three main content types available to consumers today, live event broadcasting is the preferred choice of 58% of 18-24 year olds and 31% of over 65s.

It’s also a communal activity for many, with viewers seeking shared and memorable experiences. Almost one-in-five (19%) watch live broadcast events with someone else in-person at least once a day, and 59% use social media or messaging platforms to talk to friends and family about key moments.

With live event engagement remaining high, live broadcasters need to be exploring how they can continue to win new subscribers while also keeping current customers subscribed to live event channels.

With high visual quality (30%) and specific content offerings (24%) vital for consumers to continue resubscribing, broadcasters will need to focus on providing these benefits now and in the future. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, a quarter of consumers surveyed (25%) say that they will primarily consume live broadcast events.

“Our results show that live event broadcasting is not only more popular than on-demand and scheduled programming, but that it is a powerful unifier across generations. Broadcasters now have a great opportunity to tap into the unique advantages of live events to draw in new customers and keep current ones engaged. With the right technology, they can transform the logistics and economics of mission critical live production to create compelling new content types in the highest visual quality,” says Olivier Suard, VP of Marketing, Nevion.

The research can be found here: https://nevion.com/resources/research-and-trends/survey-live-broadcasts-unite-generations

About Networked Live

Sony and Nevion’s Networked Live is an ecosystem of solutions, products, services, and partners that combines hybrid on-premises and Cloud processing with network connectivity to transform the logistics and economics of high-quality mission critical live production. It does this by enabling resources (places, people, and processing) to be connected, used, and shared optimally and seamlessly in productions – regardless of their locations. For more information, see: https://nevion.com/sony-nevion/


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