78% OTT users want information on Code Of Regulation

People were stuck at home after Cornavirus hit the country, with nowhere to o and nobody to meet, they relied on movies and TV shows and that is when OTT platforms built its spaces saw the biggest surge, and became an essential part of our lives.

With the rise of OTT’s popularity in India, LocalCircles conducted a survey enabling consumers to share both the pros and cons of OTT platforms. The pros largely have centered around giving consumers increased content choices as compared to pre-OTT and the convenience to watch content when they want to watch. Consumers’ concerns on the other hand have been on rating information display by some platforms, age gating and on content that can hurt the sentiments of some communities.

41% of consumers say OTT platforms were the primary source of entertainment during the lockdown

The first questions asked consumers about their primary source of video-based entertainment in 2020, 46% said “television channels via DTH, cable or app)”, 41% said “OTT platforms such as Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar”, and 8% said “social media platforms such as Tiktok, Instagram, Whatsapp”. There were also 3% who said “videos downloaded from the Internet”, and 2% said “others”. Interestingly, there weren’t any vote casted for DVDs and VCDs, which suggests that the once popular medium of entertainment has vanished from the modern living room.

70% OTT users do not approve of threats of intimidation, violence and death issued to artists, directors and producers

Seventy per cent OTT users do not approve of threats of intimidation, violence, and death issued to artists, directors, and producers of movies and shows.

As per a LocalCircles survey, there has been a spate of cases of threats of intimidation, violence, and death issued to artists, directors, and producers of movies and shows.

Recently, one of the artists, Richa Chadha received violence and death threat for allegedly stereotyping Dalits in the movie, “Madam Chief Minister”.

When OTT users were asked that “Recently threats of intimidation, violence and death have been issued against artists, directors and producers of OTT content. As a citizen of India and consumer of OTT content, does this worry you?” The majority of 58 per cent OTT users said “Yes, quite a bit”, and 15 per cent said “Yes, somewhat”. Further breaking down the poll, 12 per cent users said “No, doesn’t affect me much”, while 15 per cent said “Not at all”, and 3 per cent couldn’t say.

As more users were logging on to OTTs, many film and series producers also chose these platforms for launch of their series and films. International OTT players, mainly Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video together released approximately 30 original titles while Indian OTT players like Hotstar, Zee5, Sony Liv, MX Player also released many titles and provided entertainment to people on their fingertips.

Amid these developments, LocalCircles conducted its OTT survey 2021 to better understand users’ pulse on how they used OTT in 2020, what working well along with any concerns. The survey received over 50,000 responses from OTT users located in 311 districts of India.

To better understand the number of platforms, OTT users are typically subscribed to, LocalCircles asked the question and in response, 30 per cent said four or more, 20 per cent said three, 26 per cent said two, 18 per cent said one. There was only 6 per cent of 7,834 OTT users who said that they don’t have subscribed with any OTT platforms currently but they take them on an as-needed basis. Some platforms offer trial subscriptions while some also offer subscriptions for a single show or movie.

The next question tried to understand the primary reasons for consumers to use OTT platforms. The majority of 50 per cent said “choice and convenience”, while 31 per cent said “high-quality content”. Further breaking down the poll, 10 per cent of consumers said “lower cost than other entertainment channels”, and 9 per cent voted for other reasons.

Consumers want to know about the code of Regulation for OTT

Also, consumers are keen that the code of regulation whatever approved by the Government is shared with them and made easily accessible on the platforms. Finally, majority of the Indian OTT users are concerned about the various violence and death threats being issued to artists, directors and producers and want that effective grievance channels must be created to address concerns of individuals or groups but such threats should not be tolerated and stern and swift action must be taken by law enforcement agencies against those issuing such threats

As people observed social distancing and stayed home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the on-demand over-the-top (OTT) video streaming platforms for many became a primary source of entertainment.

The Government of India late last year brought OTT video streaming platforms under the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Recently 17 OTT players have adopted a self-regulation code that was introduced in September. These providers include Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney-Hotstar, SonyLiv, MX Player, Jio Cinema, Eros Now, Viacom (Voot), Alt Balaji, Arre, HoiChoi, Hungama, Shemaroo, Discovery Plus, Aha, and Lionsgate Play.

Consumers however currently seem to have little understanding of the OTT code of regulation and when asked if they would like more information about the OTT code of conduct, majority of them i.e. 78 per cent said “Yes,” 14 per cent said “No”, and 8 per cent couldn’t say. OTT platforms must enable this on and off platforms such that the common OTT user knows what to expect and what is a deviation from the code.

45% OTT users say the minimum age requirement for viewing a specific content should be displayed more clearly on OTT platforms

One of the concerns raised by some consumers, mostly parents has been about the effective display of the minimum age requirement beforehand and during the show/movie such that children only have age-appropriate content accessible to them. To gauge the extent of the concern, LocalCircles asked users if the minimum age requirement is displayed effectively on OTT platforms. In response, 42% said “Yes” while 45% users said “No”, while 13% couldn’t say what was the case. ABP Live

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