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Online video consumption has doubled in 2 years on digital push: BCG-CII

Besides, advertisements in digital videos are also able to retain more visual attention than traditional TV.

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Average digital video consumption in the country has increased over twofold in the past two years to 24 minutes per day from 11 minutes per day, according to a report.

An increase of 10-15 per cent in the number of sessions (hours per day) along with 15 to 25 per cent rise in the average time per session on digital video from 2018 have helped the average consumption grow, said a Boston Consulting Group-Confederation of Indian Industry report titled 'The trillion (and growing) touchpoint story recognising the monetisation conundrum'.

Though India's per-capita media consumption continues to grow with all forms of media rising simultaneously maintaining the unique multi-modal growth format, digital media is driving overall growth with at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16 per cent over the past two years.

"Digital video consumption has increased from 11mins/day to 24mins/day over the past 2 years," said the report adding that the number could increase further with growing internet and smartphone penetration.

It added that internet penetration, along with growing affluence and smartphone penetration, is expected to rise in future, further driving growth in digital.

According to the report, two out of every three phones sold in India are smartphones now.

"India has the second-largest base of smartphones in the world, setting up a massive platform for digital video consumption. Moreover, India has witnessed a dramatic reduction in data cost over the past 2-3 years. This is leading to higher data usage -- India has the highest per-capita consumption of data at 9.8 gigabytes per month," it said.

Besides, advertisements in digital videos are also able to retain more visual attention than traditional TV.

"Fifty-five per cent viewers use TV advertising time in multitasking, switching screens or skipping content. In comparison, mobile advertising commands more viewer attention," it added.

The industry has set the bar on generating compelling content, creating new experiences for both their viewers and advertisers.

"The coming year is truly pivotal for the industry as they seek to raise the bar once again in possibly challenging times ahead. However, if the past is anything to go by, then the industry will not only rise to the expectations but turn the adversity into an advantage," the report added.

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First Published: Thu, November 14 2019. 17:30 IST