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CTV Viewing Time Is Catching Up to Linear

CTV Viewing Time Is Catching Up to Linear

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Every week, new data reveals that linear is taking some hits — and this week is no exception. A report from Samba TV found that traditional TV viewership took a 4% nosedive in the second half of 2023, as compared to the year before. That dip is giving Connected TV — which had a 23% YoY increase in viewership in Q3 of 2023 and 18% increase in Q4 — a chance to catch up to traditional TV’s decades-long head start. 

And if that weren’t enough, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney just dropped a bombshell by teaming up for a new streaming service offering sports content. Historically a stronghold for linear TV, sports has been slowly but surely making its way over to streaming — with other recent headlines like Netflix’s acquisition of WWE rights speeding up the process. Ultimately, a unified sports streaming service from all the media heavy hitters suggests that this is the beginning of the end for traditional TV in this battle for viewership.

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