Streaming Sports: 12 Stats About Fan Viewing Habits [Infographic]

According to the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg and ThePostGame, 63% of all sports fans are interested in paying for an all-sports over-the-top channel. Of those interested in streaming sports, 56% would pay more for online streaming than for traditional TV channels. In households with children that number jumps to 70%, or 78% for people who self-report as “intense” sports fans.

“Sports is the last category of must-see-now content,” Jeffrey Cole, founder and director of the Center for the Digital Future told Broadcasting & Cable in an interview. “Based on our data, Gen Z and Millennial fans are clearly shifting preferences, behavior and spending.” Another interesting stat from this study: 80% of women describe themselves as sports fans and are willing to pay up to 50% more for OTT sports media content.

When it comes to consuming streaming sports content, 65% of the youngest fans – millennials and younger – are consuming sports content on a mobile device. The study also aligns with the Eagles’ finding that many of their fans are outside the local area, with 64% of fans living somewhere outside where their favorite team plays, noting: “The concept of a local sports market may be obsolete.”

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Another validation of the Philadelphia Eagles strategy: 50% of sports fans in the USC Annenberg study say they’ve watched supplemental sports programming with 60% – mostly millennials – reporting that it’s important to them.

By most forecasts, OTT is poised for massive growth over the next five years. London-based Digital TV Research Limited predicts that global OTT TV and video revenue will reach $64.8 billion globally by 2021. In the US alone, OTT revenue will increase to $22.8 billion in 2021. Digital TV Research Limited also estimates 383 million SVOD subscriptions around the world by 2021.


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Introducing Studio 6: The Future of Live Streaming Software

You’re in the business of capturing the moment. Shouldn’t you have the most of-the-moment live streaming software?

We’re proud to introduce Studio 6, the latest update to our switching and encoding live streaming software. Even easier to use and more powerful than its predecessors, Studio 6 gives you everything you need to produce professional-grade live events. Even better news? Studio 6 is included in your Vimeo Premium or Enterprise subscription.

 

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What’s new in Studio 6 live streaming software

Make your colors POP.

Color correction lets you dial in your settings and apply them across multiple cameras. Adjust your camera’s color settings to get the best quality possible, and unify the look for multi-camera productions, by dialing in the RGB, brightness, saturation, contrast, and more.

Mix sound on the fly.

Edit sound on the fly with a range of filters on our audio mixer. Live streamers will have access to an equalizer, limiter, compressor, and more, all easily accessible right inside Studio 6.

Transition seamlessly.

Bump up your production value with dip-to-color fades and slick stinger animations. In addition to the SMPTE transitions currently available in Studio 5, Studio 6 users can use these new transitions to make stream-switching seem more natural than ever.

  • Stinger: Stinger transitions allow switching from one video source to another through short and effective video animation.
  • Dip-to-Color: Dip-to-Color transition allows switching from one video source to another through gradual fade into a specific color, and fade out of it to a new source.

Integrate with Mevo.

Full Mevo integration lets you operate one or multiple Mevos directly from the Studio platform. Almost anything that is possible from the Mevo mobile app, you can now do from Studio — live editing, changing resolution, frame rate, speaker volume, and much more. Studio is the only software that allows you to control and switch between multiple Mevos, making your multi-camera productions easier than ever.

Simplify your workflow.

Updated input settings make it even more intuitive to get Studio up and running for your next event. Users can now drag and drop inputs, add or remove inputs on the fly, customize input details, and organize your input list. Managing a multi-camera setup has never been so easy.

Great. How do I get Studio 6?

Glad you asked. If you’re a Vimeo Livestream Premium or Enterprise customer, Studio 6 is included with your subscription. Visit livestream.com/studio to learn more and download.