Digital devices offer new ways for audiences to engage with content. Latin Americans are using their laptops, mobiles and tablets to consume a wealth of online media from short clips, streamed music and radio, as well as TV and print content. In Mexico, mobile video content is driving the web. When audiences turn to their devices for mobile or web viewing of online media content, we observe brands such as YouTube, Spotify and Netflix – as well as local TV brands and radio channels in the top 10 most used media channels.
The rise of online TV brands
The popularity of YouTube across the globe is well known, and the Latin American markets are no exception to this general rule. What is stark however, is how much time Latam audiences spend with Netflix online, particularly when contrasted to the local TV services. Of course, Netflix offers long-form content and so a high level of time engagement would be expected. However, its prominence does raise questions about how well local media organizations are adapting to this new landscape.
The new video consumer is hungry for content and will seek out services that deliver the entertainment they desire. Local players have developed VOD app services, but with continued threats from global players like HBO Go and Amazon Prime Video, how can local media organizations deepen their content and digital strategies to better engage their audiences?
Local TV brands deliver the reach but there are opportunities to build more time spent
Across all markets, Netflix is in the top 5 media brands in terms of its reach for both the total Media Broadcasting and Media On-Demand activities. It also dominates time spent, along with YouTube and Spotify.
However, in all markets, there is a strong presence from local TV brands and in some markets, they deliver as much reach