Thousands of SVOD services – niche, regional and multinational – have launched around the world over the past 15 years and for each of them, someone (or perhaps a group of people) has decided what the monthly subscription cost should be. How do they do that? Have they been guided by how Netflix’s pricing has conditioned consumer expectations? Do they take inspiration from their peers and competitors? Or is there some secret scientific formula they use which is perfectly pitched to attract the most users and minimise churn?

SVOD pricing strategy was the subject of this week’s OTT Question Time (4pm UK, Thursday 31st March). Together with Douglas Montgomery, former VP of Data & Category Analytics at Warner Bros and now CEO of Global Connects, Julian Tomkins, former Global Head of Strategy and M&A at Fremantle and now MD of Green Sprout Digital and Damien Organ, Director of Product Design, at subscriber retention specialists, Cleeng, we discussed:

  • How the big SVODs came up with their pricing structures
  • The role of catalogue sizes in working out subscription costs
  • The quality and scarcity of content in those catalogues
  • Differential pricing based on number of users, video quality etc.
  • Hybrid and SVOD-lite pricing models



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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