Video Streaming Services Stats (2023)
The video streaming market is now valued at over $500 billion. And is expected to continue growing to over $1.9 trillion by 2030, at a CAGR of 19.3%.
With that, the list of unique titles has surpassed 800,000 in the US alone. And the number of streaming platforms continues to rise.
Below, we’ll dive deeper into more video streaming service statistics.
Video Streaming Services (Top 5 Stats)
- 38.1% of all TV usage is dedicated to streaming
- There are approximately 1.8 billion subscriptions to video streaming services
- 26% of viewers admit to binge-watching at least once a week
- Netflix has well over 200 million subscribers worldwide
- Stranger Things was the most-streamed program of 2022 (52 billion minutes)
Video Streaming Market Share
Streaming is now more popular than either cable or broadcast, demanding 38.1% of total TV usage.
This is how the digital media landscape looks as of December 2022:
|Medium||Proportion of Viewers|
Video Streaming Users
The number of video streaming service users has grown significantly in recent years.
In 2020, Forbes estimated that there were 1.1 billion subscriptions to online video streaming services worldwide.
As of 2023, that figure is closer to 1.8 billion.
User penetration sits at around 17% in 2023. By 2027, the figure is expected to reach 20.7%.
In fact, 83% of US households have at least one streaming service subscription. That’s a significant increase from 2015’s 52%.
Here’s how video streaming subscriptions have grown over time in the US:
|Year||Proportion of Subscriptions (by Household)|
And here’s how the digital media landscape has changed over recent months:
Video Streaming User Activity
On average, Americans spend 13 hours and 11 minutes per day using digital media.
According to Forbes, 3 hours and 6 minutes of that time is spent streaming video.
And that’s only likely to increase based on consumer demand.
A recent survey revealed that 72% of Americans love their user experience with video streaming services. And 93% intend to either maintain or increase their streaming options.
When considering new video streaming platforms, cost and ease of use rank as the most important considerations.
Here’s a breakdown of what video streaming users find important:
|Video Streaming Attributes||Proportion Who Think it is Important|
|Ease of use||81%|
|Variety/availability of content||79%|
|Speed (menu selection, loading content)||74%|
|Accessibility/search of desired content||71%|
|Availability across devices||58%|
|Resolution available (4k Ultra HD, HD)||56%|
|Skipping ads features||52%|
|Content available for downloading/offline||40%|
|Content available live||37%|
The most common reason (28% agree) to stick with a video streaming service is the ability to switch a cheaper, ad-supported version of the same service.
This is closely followed by exclusive content desired by the user (27%).
Here’s the full list of reasons to stick with a video streaming service:
|Most Likely Reasons to Stick with an SVOD||Percentage Who Agree|
|Being able to switch to a reduced cost, ad-supported version of the service||28%|
|The release of an exclusive new movie or series I want to watch||27%|
|The ability to purchase new movie releases the same time they are released in theatres||23%|
|Ability to add more profiles, so multiple people can watch at the same time under the same account||22%|
|Ability to download and watch content offline||17%|
|Getting discounts on related merchandise and entertainment||18%|
|Ability to watch shows and movies together with others through a social platform||18%|
|None of the above||9%|
Around 1 in 4 (26%) users binge-watch on video streaming services at least once a week.
Below, is a a breakdown of binge-watching user habits for video streaming platforms:
|Frequency||Proportion who binge-watch|
|Pretty much every day||19%|
|At least once a week||26%|
|Several times per month||20%|
|Once a month||14%|
|Several times per year||20%|
Adverts are becoming increasingly commonplace on video streaming platforms. As such, ad experience is worth noting.
Here are the most desirable features related to advertising according to users:
|Feature||Percentage of users|
|Shorter ad break||43%|
|Ability to earn rewards||42%|
|Shorter ad length||41%|
|Single ad in a break||41%|
|Short ads from sponsor||33%|
|Categories you choose||33%|
Generational Differences in Video Streaming
Younger generations (Gen Z - 57%, Millennials - 62%) and more likely to cancel video streaming subscriptions than older generations (Gen X - 43%, Boomers and older - 24%).
However, younger generations (Gen Z - 38%, Millennials - 43%) are also more likely to change their minds and renew a recently cancelled subscription than older generations (Gen X - 20%, Boomers and older - 7%).
Here’s the video subscription cancellation data in full:
|Generation||Cancelled SVOD in Last 6 Months||Cancelled Then Renewed in Last 6 Months|
|Boomers and older||24%||7%|
Across the board, Millennials are the most likely generation to make changes to their video streaming subscriptions.
On the other end of the scale, Boomers and older are the least likely generation to make any sort of change to their video streaming subscriptions.
Here’s a breakdown of generational differences between video streaming subscription changes:
|Change Made in Last 6 Months||Generation|
|Gen Z||Millenials||Gen X||Boomers and older||Average|
|Cancelled a paid entertainment subscription to save money||30%||32%||30%||15%||26%|
|Dropped at least one paid entertainment subscription and switched to a free ad-supported service||21%||31%||19%||8%||19%|
|Signed up for a bundle of entertainment services to lower overall subscription costs||17%||18%||14%||4%||13%|
|Added a paid entertainment subscription to replace other higher-cost entertainment activities||13%||15%||14%||6%||12%|
|Switched from a higher-cost, ad-free entertainment subscription to a lower-cost, ad-supported version of that subscription||16%||18%||10%||4%||11%|
|Have made at least one of these changes||54%||66%||51%||25%||47%|
Binge-watching differences between generations are perhaps not as pronounced as you may have imagined.
The most likely age bracket to binge-watch is 30 to 44-year-olds (70%), closely followed by 18 to 29-year-olds (69%).
While teenagers may be accused of binge-watching, 45 to 64-year-olds are actually more likely (62% compared to 60% of 13 to 17-year-olds) to do so.
Finally, around 2 in 5 (41%) of those aged 65+ admit to binge-watching programs.
Here are the binge-watching stats by age bracket in full:
|Age Bracket||Binge-watchers||Non-binge watchers|
Video Streaming Players
Netflix remains the biggest player in the video streaming space with over 231 million subscribers as of the end of 2022.
Nonetheless, the media giant is losing ground.
Disney+ has accumulated 157 million subscribers as of May 2023. And Amazon Prime Video has over 117 million subscribers. Max now has around 97 million subscribers, while Paramount+ ended 2022 with approximately 60 million.
Meanwhile, the leading Chinese streaming service iQIYI has 128.9 million subscribers as of Q1 2023.
Here’s how Netflix’s user base has progressed over time:
|Year||Netflix Users||Change Over Previous Year|
|2014||54.5 million||↑ 13.1 million|
|2015||70.8 million||↑ 16.3 million|
|2016||89.1 million||↑ 18.3 million|
|2017||110.6 million||↑ 21.5 million|
|2018||139.3 million||↑ 28.7 million|
|2019||167.1 million||↑ 27.8 million|
|2020||203.7 million||↑ 36.6 million|
|2021||221.8 million||↑ 18.1 million|
|2022||230.8 million||↑ 9 million|
|2023||238.4 million||↑ 7.6 million|
Amazon Prime Video is possibly Netflix’s biggest competitor when it comes to users.
Here’s how their user base has changed over time (including projection):
|Year||Amazon Prime Members||Change Over Previous Year|
|2014||40 million||↑ 15 million|
|2015||54 million||↑ 14 million|
|2016||65 million||↑ 11 million|
|2017||99.7 million||↑ 34.7 million|
|2018||112.1 million||↑ 12.4 million|
|2019||124 million||↑ 11.9 million|
|2020||142.5 million||↑ 17.5 million|
|2021||151.9 million||↑ 9.4 million|
|2022||157.4 million||↑ 5.5 million|
|2023||161.7 million||↑ 4.3 million|
|2024||165 million||↑ 3.3 million|
|2025||168.3 million||↑ 3.3 million|
Netflix is one of the most expensive video streaming services out there.
This is how it compares to other popular video streaming services according to the latest data:
|Streaming Service||Monthly Cost|
And here’s how the top video streaming platforms compare in terms of market share over time:
Popular Media for Video Streaming
Netflix’s Stranger Things was the most-streamed program in 2022 with around 52 billion minutes of streaming.
Here’s a look at the top 15 streamed programs for 2022:
|1||Stranger Things||Netflix||34||52 billion|
|6||Grey’s Anatomy||Netflix||396||26.8 billion|
|7||Criminal Minds||Various||328||24.9 billion|
|9||Gilmore Girls||Netflix||153||20.8 billion|
|14||Cobra Kai||Netflix||50||16.7 billion|
|15||The Simpsons||Disney+||667||15.9 billion|
Looking at original content, Netflix dominated the charts. The platform created 13 of the top 15 most-streamed programs, including each of the top 10 in 2022.
Here’s a breakdown of the most popular original video content on streaming platforms in 2022:
|1||Stranger Things||Netflix||34||52 billion|
|4||Cobra Kai||Netflix||50||16.7 billion|
|6||Virgin River||Netflix||42||13.6 billion|
|8||Live is Blind||Netflix||40||13.1 billion|
|9||Inventing Anna||Netflix||9||12.9 billion|
|10||The Crown||Netflix||50||12.7 billion|
|11||The Boys||Prime Video||24||10.6 billion|
|12||Great British Baking Show||Netflix||85||10.6 billion|
|13||The Umbrella Academy||Netflix||30||10.5 billion|
|14||The Last Kingdom||Netflix||46||10.4 billion|
|15||The Rings of Power||Prime Video||8||9.4 billion|
Long-running crime drama NCIS tops the charts for most minutes streamed (approximately 38.09 billion) across all acquired programming.
Here’s a breakdown of the most popular acquired video content on streaming platforms in 2022:
|3||Grey’s Anatomy||Netflix||396||26.78 billion|
|4||Criminal Minds||Various||328||24.87 billion|
|6||Gilmore Girls||Netflix||153||20.8 billion|
|10||The Simpsons||Disney+||667||15.87 billion|
|11||Friends||HBO Max||236||14.54 billion|
|12||The Blacklist||Netflix||196||14.01 billion|
|13||New Girl||Netflix||146||13.97 billion|
|14||Spongebob Squarepants||Prime Video||215||13.87 billion|
In terms of movies, Encanto was the top performer with 27.416 billion streamed minutes in 2022.
Here are the top movies for streaming minutes in 2022:
|2||Turning Red||Disney+||11.427 billion|
|3||Sing 2||Netflix||11.347 billion|
|5||The Adam Project||Netflix||6.141 billion|
|6||Hocus Pocus 2||Disney+||5.697 billion|
|7||Don’t Look Up||Netflix||5.141 billion|
|10||Gray Man, The||Netflix||4.972 billion|
|14||Frozen II||Disney+||4.195 billion|
Video streaming has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
And that shows little sign of slowing down any time soon.