BARC announces audience reporting for FTA & Pay Platforms

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The Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) has confirmed that it would start reporting the television viewership from free to air (FTA) and pay platforms separately.

This will be available over and above the current Urban/Rural cuts to facilitate more effective planning.

The separate data, as reported by last week, will be made available from Week 27 (June 29 – July 5. i.e., next ratings cycle report scheduled for this Thursday, July 11.

The systems at BARC India always evolve basis feedback from the industry. In the past 4 years BARC India has enabled granular reporting cuts basis feedback from various stakeholders to better understand viewership habits, BARC has stated in a Press release.

The new pay & free platform variable will be offered over and above the current urban & rural cuts that are reported by BARC India. It will be made available to all the subscribers for planning & analysis through its proprietary BARC Media Workstation Software. It will also be published on the website for select genres.

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A free connection is one where the household incurs only a small one-time fee for installing the set top box. The major player in this area is DD Free Dish. The household does not pay any monthly subscription fee. Whereas a pay connection is one where the subscriber invests an initial amount for installation and an on-going monthly subscription fee.

In the Hindi Speaking Markets, 2 out of 10 homes are Free Homes, accounting for almost 140 mn TV viewing Individuals. The pay & free viewer differs significantly not only in terms of demographics, but also their characteristics, values, lifestyle and psychographics. A study done in these homes by BARC India explicates the personas of these two audience types.

Reporting viewership from pay and free platform separately would enable focussed targeting. Advertisers can plan more effectively by placing insertions on the channels available on these platforms in the respective regions. Broadcasters can also make more informed decisions pertaining to content and distribution.

“There has been a strong demand from the Market for separate reporting of viewership from homes with Pay & Free connection. We have taken the market feedback in consideration with the changes that have come about in the ecosystem post the implementation of the Tariff Order. We believe this move is a step in the right direction to empower the industry in understanding the distinct consumption patterns of this segment and plan more effectively” says Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India.

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