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Online Video Trends: Devices, Demographics, Audience Size

by Ayaz Nanji  |  
May 15, 2014
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American adults prefer original digital video content to news, sports and daytime programming on television, and they like it almost as much as they do primetime TV, according to a recent report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and GfK.

Some 22% of American adults now watch original digital video content each month, bringing the monthly audience size to 52 million—a 15% increase since 2013—the study found.

Watching original online video content is particularly popular with younger adults age 18-34 (39% do so) and males (25% do so).

Younger viewers and men are also more likely to watch other digital streaming video types, such as TV programs online and amateur videos.


Below, additional key findings from the report, which was based on data from a survey of 1,011 US adults (18+).

Average Time Spent

  • American adults watch 23 minutes of of online video per day on average, up significantly since 2010 (10 minutes), though down slightly from last year (24 minutes).
  • TV programs online are the most popular format (9 minutes per day on average), followed by online movies (7 minutes), nonprofessional video clips (4 minutes), and professional clips (3 minutes).


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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

LinkedIn: Ayaz Nanji

Twitter: @ayaznanji

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