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    India CTV Report 2021: Mapping Connected TV Viewership and the Opportunities for Brands

    Diksha Sahni
    Posted by Diksha Sahni on September 6, 2021

    We are excited to announce the release of our India CTV Report 2021 - Mapping Connected TV (CTV) Viewership in India and the Opportunities for Brands” that maps the changing media consumption patterns of the Indian consumer. India is undergoing digital transformation and consumers are steadily moving away from traditional linear TV to CTV and OTTs. This change presents an untapped advertising opportunity for brands and advertisers. The report highlights consumer adoption insights layered with an expert view on the possible advertising potential of the CTV medium.

    Our latest report in partnership with VTION and Interactive Avenues, highlights key CTV viewership trends and insights, including:

    1. Out of the select audience surveyed, 78% own a Smart TV and 93% of these smart TV users access internet-based content

    2. Mobile-first, active and aware CTV consumers: CTV users are young, urban adults who are already mobile-first and are actively engaging with diverse apps such as - 89% of the respondents are social media users, 82% are e-commerce, 44% are gamers and more

    3. Content on demand: Over 59% respondents prefer downloading apps via Smart TV App Store, while 26% respondents primarily consume content via pre-installed apps and a small section (15% respondents) use the dongle to stream content on TV

    4. One device, many uses: Close to 70% respondents spend between 1 to 4 hours on CTV watching movies (91%), streaming music (64%), playing games (47%) or watching news (64%)

    5. Spending ability and OTT preferences: Over 65% respondents subscribe to more than one OTT app. There is 40%+ adoption for the leading eight OTT apps in India: Disney+Hotstar, Amazon’s Prime Video, Netflix, Zee5, MXPlayer, Sony LIV, VOOT and Alt Balaji. The inclination on app usage is also heavily dependent on seasonality and timing

    6. Limited barriers to viewership and adoption: Unlike mobile usage of the internet, which requires literacy levels, CTV consumption cuts across age, language, and city barriers. By going vernacular, advertisers can engage with users in ads of their language

    Nikhil Kumar, Sr. Director, mediasmart talks about the CTV potential in the report - The world is moving towards immersive watching experiences and CTV is an exciting space to be at. It is interesting to see leading advertisers in the country adopt CTV advertising as a critical new addition to their media mix. CTV advertising is here to stay and with evolutionary solutions provided by mediasmart on Household Sync technology, we are powering brands to engage with relevant consumers across the connected devices.”

    India is a young market with a tremendous potential for CTV adoption. CTV inherently is more engaging than traditional TVs and brings together the twin strengths of (a) engaging storytelling associated with CTV advertising and (b) targeting associated with Programmatic & Digital advertising. Affle’s mediasmart platform offers an innovative approach to help optimise the CTV opportunity. With mediasmart’s unique Household Sync technology, advertisers can make ads more engaging by syncing CTV ad campaigns with ads on other connected devices in the same household. Brands can launch CTV campaigns to a specific audience in the same household, target premium inventory, measure results and drive them to the nearest store.

    With data plans becoming more affordable, India is one of the biggest markets of internet users. Availability of cheap Smart TVs, diverse and affordable internet content and an untapped demographic group opening to the digital-first world presents a massive opportunity for CTV adoption and growth. This makes for a fertile ground for advertisers to innovate solutions for different brands with diverse business needs. mediasmart is driving the CTV innovation across India, SEA, Europe & other key markets and aims to revolutionize the way brands interact with consumers on various connected devices.

    Download the mediasmart India CTV Report 2021


    About the Survey: The Affle's mediasmart Report in partnership with Vtion conducted primary research across a balanced mix of 521 NCCS A and B consumers across top Indian metro cities including – Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh.

    Topics: connected tv, report, ctv report