Online video is gradually becoming more mobile, per results [download page] from the most recent quarterly FreeWheel report. During the second quarter of the year, 17.5% of US rights-managed online video views occurred on a mobile phone (13.2%) or tablet (4.3%), almost double the 9.2% from Q2 2012, but still a far cry from the 81.3% of views on a PC or Mac. Mobile phones and tablets continues to present a monetization challenge, according to the report, accounting for an undersized 8.6% of online video ad views. Most of those occur on an Apple device.
In fact, during Q2, 6.2% of total online video ad views tracked occurred on an Apple device, compared to 2.4% on an Android device. In other words, iOS devices accounted for more than 70% share of mobile and tablet video ad views. And while the share of total ad views has been rising on both platforms, Apple’s growth has been more rapid (up from 2.4% in Q2 2012) than Android’s (up from 1.3%).
Looking at the full spectrum of non-desktop video ad views (not limited to just mobile phones and tablets), Apple devices still control a majority 62% share, split between iPhones (28.6%), iPads (27.3%) and iPods (5.8%). Android phones (21.8%) and tablets (2.3%) comprise about one-quarter of non-desktop video ad views, with OTT devices (such as gaming consoles and Roku) picking up the remaining 13.2% share.
Interestingly, the study results suggest that screen size and viewing behavior correlate. That is, iPad and OTT devices tend to follow more of a TV-style viewing, with roughly 45% of ad views on these devices occurring during long-form content. The corresponding percentage for PC/Macs and mobile phones is about 20%.
About the Data: The data in the report only represents video that is rights-managed: aggregate monetization data for professional content from FreeWheel’s customers, and does not reflect trends for user-generated content. Starting with this Q2 2013 report, FreeWheel is solely reporting on U.S. based data. Any variation in data between the report and prior versions is due to extraction of international data. In upcoming quarters, FreeWheel will begin reporting separately on international results.