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By Rachel Healy, senior manager, and Kim Chua, manager, at Value Partners London
There has been much discussion about the level and rate of viewing migration from linear to VOD; the general consensus seems to be that the speed of the shift will be slow, and that the proportion of VOD viewing in the medium term (say fi ve years) will remain low at 6 – 8%, compared to c. 2% today. However, do these forecasts take into account step-change shifts in behaviour of Generation Z1, the ‘digital natives’? Value Partners runs an internship programme for aspiring TMT strategy consultants each summer. This year, we asked one of our interns to carry out primary research into their peer group’s current and future TV viewing patterns. We worked with her to design a 26-question survey which she distributed via Facebook. Although this is by no means a ‘representative sample’ of Gen Z – a sample of just 78 respondents, largely Oxbridge and users of Facebook – the results paint an interesting picture of the relationship this highly sought after demographic has with TV and how this will evolve as they leave university and move into the world of work.