ComScore’s Total Home Panel has penetration into 800 opted-in households representing some 10,000 devices so far, but the company expects that to increase to between 25,000-50,000 homes and 275,000-550,000 devices by the end of 2016.
ComScore’s efforts coincide with Nielsen’s drive toward more holistic measurement. The TV measurement giant’s Total Content Ratings initiative aim to create unified measurement of digital and offline content consumption. Next up will be a similar comparability metric for ads.
The top challenges going forward, for both firms, include measuring “co-viewing” in a single household and cross-screen viewing.
Subscription video-on-demand services still require complex workarounds to measure content.
Although Nielsen provides streaming viewership data for 1,000 programs across Netflix, Hulu and Amazon (Note: Nielsen says it can currently measure 6,000 subscription VOD episodes), certain providers like Netflix don’t work directly with Nielsen, so it has to take an ad hoc approach to measuring Netflix streams using audio signature files.
“The gap between accurate measurement and consumer behavior is bigger than ever,” said Linda Yaccarino, chairwoman of advertising sales at NBCUniversal, during a presentation at AdExchanger’s Industry Preview conference.
“We are throwing this challenge out to many of you in the industry who can help extend the measure of TV currency beyond a C3 rating, which is like measuring the size of an iceberg based on only what you see rising out of the water.”