Barb releases Q4 2023 UK SVOD subscriptions data

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 
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Barb releases Q4 2023 SVOD subscriptions data from its Establishment Survey

Barb has released data from its Establishment Survey showing that 18.8m UK homes (65.4%) had access to a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service in Q4 2023, a decrease from 19.3m (67.3%) in Q3 2023.

For the first time, Barb has shared the Netflix advertising tier estimate which is 1.45m (5.1% of homes). These homes form part of the overall Netflix figure below and are not in addition to it.

  • Netflix: 16.3m UK homes (56.7%) had access to Netflix in Q4 2023. Down from 16.7m (58.2%) in Q3.
  • Amazon Prime Video: 12.4m UK homes (43.1%) had access to Amazon in Q4 2023, down from fractionally under 13m (45.3%) in Q3.
  • Disney+: 7.3m UK homes (25.6%) had access to Disney+ in Q4, a decrease from 7.6m (26.7%) in Q3.
  • Apple TV+: 1.98m UK homes (6.9%) had access to Apple TV+ in Q4, also down from 2.2m (7.8%) in Q3.
  • Paramount+: 1.99m UK homes (6.9%)had access to Paramount+ in Q4, a small difference compared to 1.93m (6.7%) in Q3.
  • NOW: 1.82m UK homes (6.4%) had access to NOW in Q4, a small drop from 1.85m (6.5%) in Q3.

Doug Whelpdale, Head of Insight at Barb said: “The latest data from our Establishment Survey show access to pure-play VOD services dropped slightly in Q4 last year. The proportion of homes with two or more services also slipped back compared to Q3, dipping from 13.3m (46.4%) to 12.8m (44.7%) in Q4. As they continue to battle it out in the UK viewing ecosystem, the festive period proved a competitive time. Families may have prioritised festive spending at a time when the broadcaster offering is strong. And mostly free.”

Barb’s viewing data shows how new titles and library programming combine to drive time spent with these SVOD services.

SVOD services with a household penetration of more than 5% are reported. Caution should be applied when comparing Barb’s sample-based numbers to audited numbers published by the SVOD services. Respondent recall of access to these services is subject to some uncertainty – this could occur where the respondent is not the subscriber in the household, or the service is provided in a package with other services.

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