ITV has released a new version of its ITV player for iOS, within which it offers an in-app upgrade for £3.99.
Some commentators are challenging the very notion that consumers would pay for ITV content.
Big move for ITV: £3.99 for advert-free ITV Player for 30 days. From ad-funded to user-funded is flipping the entire model. Is there demand?ITV Player Premium gives you:
— Patrick Smith (@psmith) June 12, 2013
- Live streams of ITV3 and ITV4 (and Live Events stream)
- No advertising around catchup programmes.
ITV3 and ITV4 have very low viewing figures: about 2.4% and 1.8% respectively, including +1 channels. The comparable figures for ITV and ITV2, are 17.0% and 2.9%. Put simply, ITV3 and ITV4 are of little value, for some zero value.
Therefore, consumers will have to consider whether they will accept paying for ITV3 and ITV4 in addition to paying to remove ads. ITV says the value of removing ads is less than £3.99. What matters is if the consumer decides that removing ads is worth more than £3.99.