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ITV’s integrated AVOD/SVOD platform could be a game changer
ITV will launch ITVX, the UK’s first integrated advertising- and subscription-funded (AVOD/SVOD) platform, later this year and has said much of its new content will premier there in future.
Why it matters
The hybrid approach is a novel one, echoing the likes of Spotify in the audio-streaming market. “With the cost of living crisis kicking in, consumer budgets are set to tighten further and it’s a smart move for streamers to factor this into their strategies,” says Dave Castell, General Manager, EMEA, The Trade Desk, who adds that ITVX “has the potential to be a real game changer for the nation’s TV industry”.
The decision to adopt a digital-first windowing strategy – shows will be streamed up to nine months before being shown on linear TV – reverses the practice of using digital as a catch-up option.
What we know
- ITVX will replace ITV Hub; it aims to have 15,000 hours of content available at launch compared to ITV Hub’s current 4,000 hours.
- Subscribers will also have access to BritBox and other partner content.
- Twenty themed channels (known as FAST Channels - Free Ad-supported TV Channels) will be available at launch.
What the market thinks
ITV’s announcement came as it reported record advertising growth in 2021, up 24% to £2bn, with AVOD spending up 40%. Despite that, its share price fell on investor concerns about the increased level of spending planned for new content.
Sourced from ITV, Financial Times
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