The state of digital streaming video in 5 charts

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Jeff Bezos’s announcement on Wednesday that Amazon will be releasing its own set-top box called Fire TV has vaulted the “everything store” into the battle for consumers’ living rooms. And with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and upstarts like Roku to contend with, Amazon will have to make a pretty compelling pitch to consumers if it hopes to control their TVs.

But Amazon’s focus on digital video also opens it up to the possibility of pitching new advertisers, as well. Digital video consumption is booming, and platforms and advertisers alike are looking to take advantage of that growth. The number of digital video consumers in the U.S. is expected to increase from 194.5 million this year to 212.5 million in 2018 (or, from 61 percent of the U.S. population to 64.6 percent of the U.S. population).

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But despite all the talk about “cord-cutting” and “time shifting” — digitally recording TV so they can watch it later and skip through the commercials — analog TV remains a far bigger business than digital video.

Ad spend on digital video is growing, according to eMarketer data, albeit at an increasingly slower rate. Digital video ad spend increased 41 percent from 2013 to 2014 but is only expected to increase 29.7 percent from this year to next. The increases are expected to become even more incremental over time, slowing to 21.1 percent in 2016, 17.1 percent in 2017 and 13.3 percent in 2018.

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 Analog TV is the tortoise to digital TV’s hare; it’s already huge — advertisers are expected to spend more than 11 times as much on TV this year than they are on digital video — and it’s expected to have a steady growth rate in the coming years (about 3 percent or more each year through 2018).

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For now, digital video largely remains a desktop activity. However, mobile video consumption is growing more quickly than desktop viewing, and the two are likely to cross paths if current projections hold.

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Marketers using video in their email blasts are seeing an increase in ROI for their email marketing campaigns. According to data from The Relevancy Group, marketers using video in email have a 10 percent higher average order value than marketers not using video, and marketers making use of video in emails had monthly revenues that were 40 percent higher than marketers that were not using video.

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With additional reporting and chart-building by Saya Weissman.

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