Newsletter 14th of April: Amazon Prime Video Relaunch in Sweden – So Far So Good?
14 April 2021
Last week’s newsletter reported on the launch of Amazon Prime Video in Sweden on March 1st. In this case, Sweden is of particular interest as Amazon earlier launched a specific Swedish e-commerce site. This has been a success story in other markets – shopping and SVOD bundled together to strengthen the Amazon offering. So, this far, what can be said on the SVOD subscribing figures?
Mediavision tracks all SVOD services in the Nordic countries, including Amazon Prime Video. Since its’ launch back in 2016, growth has been pretty modest – especially in comparison to Amazon’s competitors in the SVOD space, both global and local services. This far, the Nordic approach is only fully materialized in Sweden where both the e-commerce site and the SVOD service are now (partially) locally adapted. The re-launch campaign “Streaming is believing” kicked-off in March and Mediavision can now present Q1 figures for Amazon’s SVOD uptake. As of Q1 2021, Amazon Prime Video had a Swedish customer base of approx. 200 000 subscribing households, which is basically the same as in Q4 (before the Swedish launch). And the explanation is not unawareness of the brand or the service itself, considering that close to 70% of all Swedes (15-74-year-olds) state that they are familiar with the streaming service Amazon Prime Video (similar to other available services such as Telia Play and Comhem Play Plus).
The Swedish relaunch of Amazon Prime Video has similarities with the October 2020 launch of Amazon.se. After a strong hype before the launch of Amazon.se, the interest weakened according to Google. This pinpoints the difficulty of evaluating a well-known international brand, when entering a new market. So far, the legacy of Amazon as one of the largest retailers in the world, has not mattered that much for Prime Video in Sweden. On the other hand, and by comparison, Disney+ likely had a stronger benefit from its well-known brand (and widely known content library). More than 500 000 households signed-up for the service shortly after its launch. The price level is similar, but Amazon has a library many times larger and broader than Disney’s. So, how will Amazon establish a competitive service in the Nordics – both e-commerce and streaming? We’ll keep track.
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The launch of Disney+ in 2020 fundamentally changed the competitive landscape for streaming in Sweden in many ways – but perhaps most notably in the battle over families with young children.
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Série Series: 30 June-2 July 2021, Fontainebleau, France
Cannes Film Festival: 6-17 July 2021, Cannes France
NEM: 6-9 September 2021, Dubrovnik, Croatia (new dates)
IBC: 10-13 September 2021 (or 3-6 December 2021), Amsterdam, Netherlands
MIP Junior: 9-10 October 2021, Cannes, France
Cannes Series: 9-14 October 2021, Cannes, France
MIPCOM: 11-14 October, Cannes, France
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