The Industry in 2020: Television RE[DEFINED] – ViaccessOrca

“TV used to be easy to define. When you’d think of a person watching TV, you could easily picture what that looked like: that person sitting before a television set, watching whatever was on at that time. Today, “TV” can mean many things. ” says Christian Kurz


It still of course can refer to a person watching linear programming on their regular TV set—or binge-watching a series using a tablet, catching up on a missed episode of a favorite show on VOD, checking out a new show on a smartphone while riding home on the bus, or any number of other possibilities.

In a short span of time, content has become available anytime and anywhere, opening up endless opportunities for viewing. Both rapidly and radically, we have seen TV Re[defined].

In Viacom’s recent research “TV RE[DEFINED]” we found that the biggest step change is not in the multiplication of devices and sources, it’s in the relationship between the content and the viewer.  It’s “TV on their own terms”. More access to great content is redefining how viewers engage with television, and television has become THE go-to conversation topic.

Today, linear TV’s role remains very strong and there is no dominant non-linear content source – VOD and subscription services are equally redefining TV. What matters most is the availability of quality content and followed by user experience.

In the next five years, we expect the user experience across all platforms to improve, and the audience to continue redefining how they prefer to watch content. We live in a new golden age of television with the vast majority of the audience saying that TV content has never been this good. As an industry, as long as we keep making great content, the audience will keep wanting to watch it!

– Christian Kurz, Vice President Research, Insights and Reporting, Viacom International Media Networks