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June 26, 2007

Video-Sharing Sites Jockey for Position In U.S.

French Video Site Stakes a Strong Position in the U.S. Market

RESTON, VA, June 25, 2007 – comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study from its comScore Video Metrix service of U.S. video streaming activity at a selection of up-and-coming video-sharing sites. The study examined six video-sharing sites that did not make comScore’s ranking of the top 10 U.S. video properties for the month and reveals that French site had a particularly strong position in the U.S. video-sharing market in April 2007.

Which Site is the Next YouTube? has taken hold in the U.S., drawing more than 4.7 million video streamers in April. The average video streamer at viewed more than 10 videos and nearly one hour of video content in the month. also generated substantial activity, as 3.7 million streamers viewed 33 million video streams, while saw 3.1 million streamers view 32 million video streams., which attracted the smallest video-viewing audience of the group, had the highest level of user engagement with more than 104 minutes per streamer, benefiting from the many full-length videos hosted on the site.

Selected Video-Sharing Sites
April 2007
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Video Metrix
Property Unique Video Streamers (000) Video Streams Initiated (000) Minutes Per Streamer 4,729 49,335 59.7 3,738 33,183 15.1 3,138 32,164 16.8
Heavy Networks 2,619 5,964 3.2 2,607 8,719 5.4 1,847 14,554 104.2

“There’s been a great deal of speculation in the marketplace about which site is the next YouTube, and each of these next-tier sites has a particular draw,” said Erin Hunter, comScore’s executive vice president of media and entertainment solutions. “While it will clearly be very difficult for any video site to replicate what YouTube has accomplished, is stating the strongest case at the moment, both domestically and internationally.”

Coveted 18-34 Year Olds Found At

comScore also examined the demographic composition of video streamers at these sites, revealing some interesting differences in the age of the audience each site attracts. The coveted 18-34 age segment represented 41 percent of’s audience, followed by (37 percent) and (37 percent). Heavy Networks drew the largest share of its video streamers from those younger than 18 years of age (18 percent), while and drew the largest share among people age 35-44 (24 percent).

Demographic Profile of Selected Video-Sharing Sites
April 2007
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Video Metrix
  Percent Composition of Site’s Unique Video Streamers By Age Segment
2-17 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+ 17% 21% 16% 20% 17% 8% 15% 16% 19% 24% 17% 9% 12% 21% 20% 21% 17% 10%
Heavy Networks 18% 15% 21% 21% 17% 8% 13% 11% 19% 24% 18% 16% 18% 21% 16% 21% 17% 7%

Added Ms. Hunter, “The challenge for these video-sharing sites, which rely quite a bit on user-generated content, is monetizing content over which advertisers have little control. That these sites generate such a large share of activity from younger visitors, however, is probably very compelling to advertisers.”

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