What would 2020 have been like for the OTT industry if there had never been a pandemic? In many ways it might have been business as usual: VOD viewing – compared to linear – would have gently increased along with addressability and AVOD revenues. Disney+ and Peacock would still have launched. Quibi might have been a success. And PVOD may have remained a greyed-out item on executive wish lists – desirable but with little likelihood of going mainstream.

Of course 2020 turned out to be very different and at this week’s OTT Question Time, the last one before the holidays, we talked about the OTT year in review. Together with Neale Dennett, New Markets Launch Director for BritBox International, Emma Tibbetts, Founder of Chuck Data and former GM of UKTV Play, and Miles Weaver, CMO of Varnish Software, we discussed:

  • Our initial reactions (as human beings and OTT organisations) to the first lockdowns in Spring
  • How audiences viewing habits evolved over the year
  • The knock-on effects for AVOD, SVOD, TVOD and Premium VOD
  • Filling schedules and exploiting content catalogues
  • And the challenges in making new content



Kauser Kanji has been working in online video for 19 years, formerly at Virgin Media, ITN and NBC Universal, and founded VOD Professional in 2011. He has since completed major OTT projects for, amongst others, A+E Networks, the BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, DR (Denmark), Liberty Global, Netflix, Sony Pictures, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and UKTV. He now writes industry analyses, hosts an online debate show, OTT Question Time, as well as its in-person sister event, OTT Question Time Live

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