76% of Indian parents prefer Youtube for the consumption of kids animation content: Akatsuki Survey

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September 29, 2021 11:08 AM

The survey showcased a high appetite for entertainment-led English animation content

The survey revealed 69% of Indian parents feel that the covid-19 wave has increased their child’s content consumption habitsThe survey revealed 69% of Indian parents feel that the covid-19 wave has increased their child’s content consumption habits

69% of participants in the survey agree that they have seen an increase in their kids’ animation content consumption habits post-covid, according to Akatsuki latest survey. As part of Akatsuki’s plans to foray into the kid’s animation space in India, the survey titled ‘What Indian parents want from kids animation content’ strives to uncover content consumption nuances and preference. The survey findings uncover the key decision-making factors that influence a parent when it comes to the selection of animation content for their kids along with consumption habits.

Interestingly, the survey revealed that even with the advent of some ruling OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + Hotstar, 26% of parents chose Television, making it one of their top three platforms to watch. The leading platform of choice however continues to be Youtube with a strong preference shown by 76% of participants, followed by Netflix at 57%. This shows the hybrid patterns of both linear and digital media.

The animation industry claims to have seen massive growth in the last few years. The global pandemic has played the role of catalyst accelerating animation content consumption amongst kids as the primary source of learning and entertainment. The survey also found out that the average screen time for animation consumption amongst kids today stands at four-six hours weekly.

Throwing some light on what makes an animation IP click with kids and parents alike, the survey discovered that ‘Entertainment’ is the biggest parameter with 64% respondents choosing it over ‘What makes their kids happy’ (45%), educational benefits (35%), moral values (22%), local characters and storylines (11%).

In terms of consumption habits, television acquires 60% for daily viewing, while smartphones has 49% and laptops accounts for 24% came across as the most popular and used devices for daily viewing. Parents chose English as the most preferred language for animation content along with Tamil, Telugu and Bangla as the top three vernacular preferences. The majority of parents 37% also shared that their kids watch animated content unsupervised.

Akatsuki is committed to bringing joyful and meaningful animation IPs for the growing and underserved kids animation space in India, Yuki Kawamura, head, business development and partnerships, Akatsuki Inc. “We want to thoughtfully co-create our content roadmap with on-ground insights and need gaps. This survey is the first step in that direction and findings have strengthened our conviction in the potential of the untapped demand of kids animation in India and synergies with our IPs,” he added.

In this era prominently followed by digital media and marketing, the survey shows that 75% of Indian parents still rely on the traditional word-of-mouth approach when it comes to choose and discover new content ideas for their children, followed by 28% of parents discovering content through OTT recommendations, 20% via parenting communities, and the remaining 10% via traditional news outlets.

Overall, the survey showcased a high appetite for entertainment-led, English animation content, preferably available on high access platforms like Youtube and television with a strong community following.

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