Netflix Inc led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime and Disney+ with over 59 million installs in the first quarter of 2020, but more time was spent on YouTube’s Kids service as usage boomed following the shutdown of thousands of schools in March.
According to a report by analytics firms Apptopia and Braze, YouTube collected $110 million in in-app spending during the same time period, the highest among major streaming apps globally. The report did not give actual hours of usage, but ranked YouTube Kids first, followed by Netflix. YouTube itself was in third place.
The report also showed that Amazon.com Inc’s game streaming platform Twitch was also among the most downloaded mobile apps globally, gathering nearly $20 million in user spending in the same period.
The coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting move across the world towards working from home, has driven a boom in usage of online gaming, streaming and communications, putting pressure on streaming companies’ infrastructure and speed.