Media Viewership in the Connected World: A Big Data Case Study


U.S. consumers are adding time to their media day and making time to connect with their favorite content, no matter where it exists (Nielsen 2014). But how they’re consuming media is ever-changing thanks to the continued proliferation of technological devices, 24/7 availability of the media content, ease-of-access, and economics. Whether streaming or satellite, over-the-air or over-the-top, understanding how consumers are consuming media is more important than ever, particularly for companies providing these services since advertising is their major source of revenue. For researchers, this consumption ecosystem has given rise to big datasets consisting of millions and millions of viewing records to mine thru in order to discover trends, viewing patterns, and relationships. In this study, we are attempting to do just that. Read more

A Panel Examination of Over-the-Top Audience


The new reality for consumers is they not only have access to more content than ever before, but they can also select the content they want, when they want, and watch in the device they want. One such device that has become increasingly popular for media consumption is Over-the-Top (OTT) media players. These are devices that deliver video content via the internet to television sets. Today, there exists an ever-growing number of various OTT devices from Roku players, the Apple TV, the Amazon Fire TV box, Chromecast, and game consoles. However, with this increased availability of choice comes the growing fragmentation of consumer time and attention. This leaves advertisers with the complex task of breaking through the clutter of advertisements and finding a way to reach the OTT device-specific audience. However, reaching an audience behind an OTT device requires a thorough understanding of the viewers. To date, there has been no study examining the differences between various types of OTT device owners and their viewing behaviors. Read more

Who’s on Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Other? A Panel based examination of SVOD users


The media industry is in a state of flux with continued fragmentation of consumer time and attention around media and across various devices and services. One such service that is popular among consumers today is SVOD (Subscription Video On-Demand) which enables on-demand access to both native digital content and TV-produced content. Forty eight percent of US homes have access to at least one SVOD service from providers such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, up from 42% a year ago, according to Nielsen’s report. As consumers are shifting from live viewing to SVOD consumption, researchers are interested in understanding the underlying behavioral changes that are differentiating SVOD service providers. For instance, are consumers watch similar programs between Netflix and Hulu? Are there overlaps and/or uniqueness in consumer behaviors across these service providers? Answering these and many other questions is at the heart of this study and analysis. Read more

David vs. Goliath? Is Over-The-Top Challenging Traditional TV? A Case Study


Over the past few years, we have witnessed an expanding range of viewing devices and new content offerings by online streaming services (such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu) through over-the-top (OTT) devices. Nearly 20% of U.S. households own at least one OTT device, such as a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV (Park Associates 2015). As these trends keep increasing, there have been debates on whether online streaming will replace traditional (or cable) TV in near future. Furthermore, questions have been raised around whether OTT viewing, via Apps, is cannibalizing or complementing network oriented TV viewing. Does multiple layers of ownership/access (ex: device, App, etc.) in OTT viewing play a role in their viewing/usage behavior to be different from traditional TV viewing? Does these two forms of TV viewership different in terms of types of programs watched, when they are watched, and how often they are watched? These are all questions of great importance to online publishers and advertisers, and, in general, to researchers working with large volume and variety of TV viewing data. Answering these questions is at the heart of this study and analysis. Read more

Nott Alone: Is OTT Making it cool again to watch TV together?

Co-viewing in television is the process of watching content alongside other people, typically members of the same household. Entertainment products are often consumed collectively, and television is no exception. In fact, watching television has traditionally been considered a social activity. But the digital age is starting to erode that premise: With more television content being watched every day on laptops, smartphones and tablets, it seems that watching TV is slowly becoming an individual pursuit. Read more

Methods and apparatus to determine an adjustment factor for media impressions

Patent Number: 9,118,542
Date Issued: August 25, 2015
Patent Title: Methods and apparatus to determine an adjustment factor for media impressions Read more

Only for the Young at Heart: Co-Viewing on Mobile Devices and Viewing on the Go?


With the relative ease and accessibility of a variety of content available to users of smartphones and tablets, there has been a subtle behavioral change in how people use these devices. The concept of viewing together or having more than one viewer for a mobile device is a phenomenon referred to as “co-viewing” and is a new area that warrants further investigation. Very little information is available on who is likely to engage in co-viewing behaviors, what types of mobile devices are used, what content is likely to be viewed and if those who engage in this activity / behavior are fundamentally different than those who are less likely—what are the behavioral or demographic differences among those who participate in these activities. Thus the focus here is to examine and provide a baseline understanding around the concept of co-viewing with specific focus of content viewing on the “go” or away from home. Read more

Methods and apparatus to determine audience duplication in cross-media campaigns

Patent Number: 8,973,023
Date Issued: March 3, 2015
Patent Title: Methods and apparatus to determine audience duplication in cross-media campaigns Read more

Speeders in a Multi-Mode Survey

What role does panelist engagement play in online survey data quality? Many industry and academic leaders continue to debate the answer (Baker et al., 2010). While there are many indicators of data quality in online surveys, such as item nonresponse (Rao & Gravelle, 2008) and breakoffs (Dirk & Loosveldt, 2006; Peytchev, 2009), survey completion time has recently risen in prominence. Research leaders scrutinize online panels today because of panelists participating in numerous surveys in short time periods, which suggests respondents seeking maximum returns (i.e., incentives) with minimal survey effort. Read more

Who Is behind That Screen? Solving the Puzzle of Within-Home Computer Sharing among Household Members


The number of US households with access to computers at home has continued to grow. According to the 2011 Computer and Internet Use report published by US department of Commerce, 77% of US homes have computers in their home, compared to 62% in 2003. Many households, however, do not have multiple computers dedicated to each member living in the house. As such, sharing of computers amongst household members can be a prevalent phenomenon in home computer usage. Understanding this within-house computer sharing phenomenon and identifying the mostly likely person behind the computer screen can be of interest to market researchers and practitioners, particularly those interested in studying effective ways to target online ads based on users, online activities. For survey researchers who are attempting to recruit hard-to-reach individuals like teens and young adults, understanding of computer sharing could help establish contact at times when those individuals are more likely to be behind the computer. Despite its prevalence, within-house computer sharing has barely received any research attention. This study hopes to break through the barriers preventing the light of scientific inquiry into this phenomenon. Read more