If you are considering VOD app development, the timing is just right. On-demand and live streaming markets are still in the high-growth stage. So you too can tap into the new revenue pools.
In Q3 2020, Sling TV — a popular VOD platform — added over 200,000 new subscribers bringing the total tally to 2.46 million. At the same time, its parent company, Dish TV, lost some 87,000 cable TV customers.
Dish TV isn’t the only traditional telecom player whose revenue is being eroded by OTT and VOD competitors. Nearly every US cable TV company is losing over 14,000 subscribers per day.
What this data tells us is this: consumers are increasingly switching to digital viewing. Media companies that are capitalizing on this trend are or soon will be among the market leaders.
VOD App Development 101
To build a VOD app you no longer need to hire a development team. Instead, you can opt for a no-code or low-code OTT platform to launch a native smart TV, web, or mobile VOD app.
OTT and VOD app development platforms enable you to:
All you have to do is analyze your audience viewing preferences and create a prioritized list of VOD app features for development.
We already did some groundwork for you and lined up three must-have features for a VOD application.
1. Content Discovery and Recommendation Engine
VOD apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and AppleTV have mastered the art of “stickiness”. They drive subscription renewals and upgrades by keeping the customers engaged with new relevant content through personalized recommendations.
On average, 55% of Netflix subscribers stay with the service for three years — a figure much higher than the competition.
Source: Second Measure
To achieve similar customer retention rates choose a VOD app builder with the following features:
2. Cross-Device Synchronization
Smart TV may seem like the prime platform for a VOD app. But data suggests that consumers favor cross-device viewing experience and use multiple services on different devices.
Do a quick survey to prioritize your main devices and then implement a respective device management strategy. Incorporate the following features:
If you are using MAZ, you can do all of the above from one interface. Our platform also provides advanced analytics capabilities for audience segmentation and targeting across devices and sessions.
3. Offline Viewing
Apart from using different devices, most consumers also prefer to save videos for offline viewing. Here’s why you should provide viewers with this option:
Develop a Video on Demand App Today
The VOD market (and its sub-niches OTT, SWOD, and AVOD) is poised for growth in the short-term perspective. Despite strong competition, there’s still room for new entrants. New, low-code VOD app development platforms such as MAZ have also dramatically increased the technological barrier to product development.
Get in touch with MAZ to see how we can help grow your business!