Thursday, February 18, 2010

Changing Models: A Global Perspective on Paying for Content Online

Nic Covey, Director, Cross Platform Insights, The Nielsen Company

Will consumers pay for online news and entertainment they now get for free?


Nielsen asked more than 27,000 consumers across 52 countries, and the answer is a definite “maybe.” As expected, the vast majority (85%) prefer that free content remain free. Yet there are opportunities to be found in the details. Indeed, when asked to focus on specific types of content, survey participants are more willing to at least consider paying for particular categories, especially if they have done so before.


Will Pay / Won’t Pay
Online content for which consumers are most likely to pay—or have already paid—are those they normally pay for offline, including theatrical movies, music, games and select videos such as current television shows. These tend to be professionally produced at comparatively high costs.


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