Horowitz: LatinX Viewers Heavy SVOD Subscribers

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.—A new report from Horowitz Research highlights once again the importance of Latinx audiences for the streaming industry with data showing that they significantly over-index in streaming service subscriptions. More than three quarters (76%) of Latinx TV content viewers subscribe to at least one SVOD service, compared to 67% among consumers overall, the new survey found. 

The newly released FOCUS Latinx Volume 1: Subscriptions report by Horowitz Research also highlighted the importance of quality and of international content in attracting Latinx Viewers for SVOD and MVPD subscriptions and usage of free streaming services.

“There’s no question that Latinx audiences are among the best customers for streaming services, and that Spanish-language and Latinx-themed content is in demand,” notes Adriana Waterston, chief revenue officer and insights and strategy lead for Horowitz Research. “But services that stream exclusively in Spanish need to compete with the existential threat of an ever-increasing number of mainstream services beefing up their Spanish-language and international libraries as well as offering Spanish audio and/or subtitles for most of their content. Consumer marketing to keep Spanish-language services top-of-mind, combined with strategies to drive discovery tune-in, will be critical for them to survive and thrive.”

In addition to the fact that Latinx TV content viewers in the U.S. over-index for having subscription streaming services (SVODs) compared to total market consumers, the report also noted that when considering password-sharing and promotional bundles, over 8 in 10 Latinx have access to at least one SVOD. 

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Peacock, and HBO Max top the list of most popular subscription streaming services among Latinx, with over half of Latinx having access to each, Horowitz found. 

One in 5 (20%) Latinx have access (either a subscription or some sort of free way to access) to Vix+, the premium service offered by TelevisaUnivision following its acquisition of Spanish-language streamer Pantaya (the service was just rebranded to Vix, a tiered service which will include both the free and subscription options of the service).  

Usage of free OTT services is also rapidly increasing among Latinx audiences, given the proliferation of new free services now available, the report found.

In 2019, more than one in ten (14%) Latinx consumers said they use free streaming services; this year, three in four (76%) report using them. Increased usage of free streaming services is largely driven by free ad-supported TV (FAST) services, which almost half (48%) of Latinx viewers use. The top used FAST services used by Latinx viewers include YouTube, Tubi, Pluto TV, Roku, and Freevee. Free, Hispanic-targeted streaming services like OnDemandLatino and ViX are also gaining traction.

Indeed, Spanish-language content remains important: seven in ten (72%) Latinx viewers watch Spanish-language TV content at least occasionally, while six in ten (63%) watch international content. 

The Horowitz study also stressed that this content is a driver for subscriptions: Nearly six in ten (58%) say that Spanish-language TV content or content geared towards Hispanic audiences is important for their household to have.

However, the way the streaming ecosystem is evolving could make it challenging for services that stream exclusively Spanish-language content to attract the level of viewership other services enjoy, some of the Horowitz findings suggest. 

Like most consumers, Latinx TV content viewers say they often have a hard time finding something to watch; in fact, they over-index compared to the average consumer for feeling this way. 

This could be driven by the need to search across more services — including Spanish-language and international services as well as mainstream ones — to find the content they are interested in viewing, the researchers noted. 

When Latinx consumers were asked, unaided, which streaming service comes to mind for having the best selection of Hispanic/Latinx-themed content, Netflix tops the list by a wide margin, even as compared to the brands that have traditionally dominated Spanish-language television.

The full FOCUS Latinx Volume 1: Subscriptions 2023 report explores the challenges and opportunities of the pay and free TV environment among U.S. Hispanic/Latinx consumers, including MVPDs, vMVPDs, SVODs, AVOD, FAST, and OTA. 

The study looks at Spanish and English viewing behaviors and the demand for Spanish language, international content, and content targeted to U.S. Latinx/Hispanic viewers. 

The survey was conducted in January-February 2023 among 643 Latinx TV content viewers 18+. Data have been weighted to ensure results are representative of the Latinx TV universe. The report is available in total market, FOCUS Latinx, FOCUS Black, and FOCUS Asian editions.

More information is available here.  

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.