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67% of Consumers Worldwide Have Live Streamed Video & More Than Half of Them Prefer Free, Ad Supported Experiences Over Other Options, According to IAB study

Nearly Two-Thirds of People Around the Globe Who Have Live Streamed Video Plan to Watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup Live and Online, Primarily on Smartphones

NEW YORK, NY (June 13, 2018) – More than two-thirds (67%) of consumers globally have streamed live video content and 52 percent of that group prefer free, ad supported live streaming over subscription and a la carte services, according to “Live Video Streaming: A Global Perspective,” an in-depth report released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The study surveyed consumers from 21 countries around the world— Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Smartphones are the most popular device to live stream video content, followed by smart TVs.

Sixty-four percent of those that have streamed live video have engaged with an ad—such as pre-roll or sponsored ads—while live streaming. Viewers in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates are the most likely to engage with ads. The most common actions taken in response to seeing an ad during a live streaming session were remembering the brand that was advertised, clicking on the ad, and visiting the brands’ website. Ads within live streaming content were most frequently seen on social media platforms, gaming websites, and apps.

With the FIFA World Cup kicking off tomorrow, the study looked at live streaming intentions among those who want to watch. Overall, 65 percent of those who have live streamed video previously expect to live stream the matches predominantly on smartphones, versus 71 percent who anticipate watching live on linear TV. Slightly more than half plan to watch recorded games either online or on television. Sports fans in Brazil, China, Columbia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States have the strongest likelihood to live stream the matches.

“Live streaming is on the rise and this video phenomenon has the power to help build brands,” said Eric John, Deputy Director, IAB Digital Video Center of Excellence. “The World Cup is just one example of the kind of event that will spark massive live streaming around the world and will attract brands which recognize the potential for effectively reaching audiences in live video environments.”

To download the entire “Live Video Streaming: A Global Perspective” study, go to

A 29-question survey was designed and fielded by OnDevice Research in 21 markets (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States) from April 20, 2018 to May 8, 2018. All respondents were asked the same questions such as (frequency of live streaming across devices, time they spent live streaming, what locations they were in when doing so. They were also asked about their motivations to live stream and their advertising encounters within the live streaming environment. Two hundred adults, age 18+, were interviewed for each market. Respondents confirmed that they watch digital video on a PC/laptop, smartphone, tablet, or connected TV and have watched live streaming on any device or platform.

This IAB research was conducted with the additional support of IAB Australia, IAB Australia, IAB Brazil, IAB Canada, IAB Chile, IAB China, IAB Colombia, IAB Germany, IAB Gulf Cooperation Council, IAB Hungary, IAB Ireland, IAB Italy, IAB Mexico, IAB Peru, IAB Russia, IAB South Africa, IAB Sweden, IAB Switzerland, IAB Turkey, and IAB UK.

About IAB
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) empowers the media and marketing industries to thrive in the digital economy. Its membership is comprised of more than 650 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling, delivering, and optimizing digital advertising or marketing campaigns. The trade group fields critical research on interactive advertising, while also educating brands, agencies, and the wider business community on the importance of digital marketing. In affiliation with the IAB Tech Lab, it develops technical standards and best practices. IAB and the IAB Education Foundation are committed to professional development and elevating the knowledge, skills, expertise, and diversity of the workforce across the industry. Through the work of its public policy office in Washington, D.C., IAB advocates for its members and promotes the value of the interactive advertising industry to legislators and policymakers. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City and has a San Francisco office.

IAB Media Contact
Laura Goldberg
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