SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- There is a high level of activity in the European over-the-top (OTT) / Video-on-Demand (VOD) services market in terms of financial investments, new features, and service launches. The fragmented ecosystem, with over 450+ unique video on demand service providers in the region, is transforming as partnerships between various stakeholders in the value chain increase to capture market share. About €150 million was invested in 2016 in content and technology firms to drive expansion of connected video services. However, intense competition, price sensitivity among consumers, regulatory uncertainty due to Brexit policies, and the digital single market strategy of the European commission, are some of the challenges that could restrain the growth of the market in the near term.
New Frost & Sullivan analysis, Over-the-top (OTT) Video/Video-on-Demand (VOD) Executive Brief, Europe, 2017, shares insight on the latest trends across Europe related to investments, product launches, mergers and alliances, and value added features.
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"Various events in the media industry in 2016 and early 2017 reflect that the OTT video industry in Europe is undergoing major transformation," states Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Analysts Vidya S Nath and Swetha R K. "Despite being a highly fragmented market, there have been several new launches with innovative features and services."
"Despite intense competition, a fragmented structure and regulatory pressure, the diversity of the population and changing subscriber preferences ensures that there is still space for everyone," notes Swetha R K. "Strong content strategy and technological innovation will be the key to differentiation."
Key factors fuelling growth in the European OTT market include:
- OTT/ VOD services being offered by the entire ecosystem of media companies including, Pay TV providers, broadcast networks, OTT portals, and social media companies
- Expanding Internet penetration levels and demand for travel-friendly options to watch TV that promote online multimedia consumption;
- Innovation in the form of several advanced value-added features and novel business models;
- Diverse international and local content and attractive bundling offers from TV providers that fuel OTT service adoption among a tech-savvy population;
- Low penetration in Central and Eastern Europe, where demand for local content is booming; and
- Need for an assortment of service providers for different requirements of an OTT video operator, including compression, streaming, real-time video analytics, user experience, and payment options.
"While the next 12 months hold a promising market outlook for OTT growth, the key to survival and sustenance of growth will depend on how various service providers are able to drive personalization and customization while differentiating their service value proposition, " reveals Nath.
Over-the-top (OTT) Video/Video-on-demand (VOD) Executive Brief, Europe, 2017, is part of Frost & Sullivan's Digital Media Growth Partnership Service.
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