Coronavirus Drives 30% Surge in Video on Demand Viewing for March

Published on Apr 11, 2020

Coronavirus Drives 30% Surge in Video on Demand Viewing for March

The coronavirus pandemic has driven a 30% year-to-year jump in video on demand viewing for March, data tracker Comscore has reported.

Comscore said the jump came as millions of Americans sought entertainment while complying with pandemic public health safety measures. “Further driving the March 2020 VOD viewing surge is that in reaction to this unprecedented situation, studios shifted some of their big screen content to on-demand platforms,” it added.

California was the first state to issue a “shelter in place” order on March 19. By March 30, 29 other states had issued similar orders.

The data measured all set-top box-based VOD including free on demand, subscription video on demand, transactional on demand and electronic sell-through. Comscore said the average subscribing household accessed, purchased or rented 16 titles of VOD content over the course of the month — nearly four more transactions per VOD subscribing household than in March 2019.

Svod had the highest growth in March, with a

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Author: Dave McNary