Wednesday, 6 June 2018 – According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 (Outlook), the Indian entertainment and media industry is expected to reach 353,609Cr by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6% between 2018 and 2022.
Frank D’Souza, Partner & Leader – Entertainment & Media, PwC India said, “It is not surprising that India continues to be one of the fastest growing entertainment and media markets globally. However, what is encouraging is how non-linear media is expected to grow on the back of increase in device penetration, lower Internet prices, consumer content demand and portability preferences. This will manifest in significant growth in OTT, e-sports and Internet advertising.”
Key highlights of the report:
Cinema: Total cinema revenue is expected to rise at a 9.4% CAGR over the forecast period. Average admission prices in India will move up over the forecast period and are set to reach INR 78 by 2022, up from INR 55 in 2017 and representing an increase at a 6.9% CAGR. The number of screens in India are also expected to increase to 12,775 screens in 2022, up from 11,672 in 2017 at a 1.8% CAGR. The main area of growth in exhibition is in digital screens as the sector modernises. There are expected to be 5,532 digital screens in 2022, a significant addition to the 2017 figure of 3,524 and representing an increase at a 9.4% CAGR.
OTT (Over-The-Top) Video: Despite problems with piracy, OTT video revenue has grown rapidly in recent years and reached INR 2019 Cr in 2017. Further strong growth at a 22.6% CAGR will see India move into the top ten largest global OTT video markets in 2022 with revenue of INR 5595 Cr. The growing competition among international and regional Subscription on Demand Video (SVOD) platforms is evident with over 70% of revenue in 2017 attributable to subscription services. This trend will grow and by 2022, 79.4% of total market revenue is expected to be from SVOD.
Video gaming: Indian traditional gaming is growing relatively slowly at just a 4.0% CAGR, but the social/casual gaming category will represent 82.2% of all Indian consumer gaming revenue by 2022. The segment is expected to grow by a 55.9% CAGR over the forecast period from INR 1645 Cr to INR 14772 Cr by 2022 (surpassing the traditional market in 2018). India was relatively late to the social/casual boom, but over the next five years better connectivity, better telco offerings and a competitive handset market are expected to propel apps and games to the fore.
Internet advertising: Total Internet advertising revenue hit INR 6513 Cr in India in 2017, up a healthy 25.4% on 2016. Over the next five years, total revenue will more than double to INR 13500 Cr, driven by strong growth in mobile and paid search Internet advertising. Mobile video advertising is the fastest-growing sub-segment of India’s Internet advertising market, rising at a 32.8% CAGR to 2022, when revenue will total INR 2155 Cr.
Drivers of the new ecosystem
So, what are the forces behind the latest wave of convergence reshaping the industry? The Outlook pinpoints five key drivers:
Winning – and then retaining – trust is vital
Across all the drivers and trends examined in the Outlook, one overarching imperative emerges: the absolute need to earn and sustain the trust of consumers and ecosystem partners. We’re in an era in which trust in many industries is at a historically low ebb and regulators are targeting media businesses’ use of data. As a result, a company’s ability to maintain trust is becoming a vital differentiator. This can be especially challenging for entertainment and media companies, because they must demonstrate their trustworthiness across many dimensions, including content, data, monetisation, social impact and the appropriateness of advertising content. When building trust, content and brand form the foundation, starting with delivering on the promise of quality.
Given the vision of the industry’s future presented in the Outlook, how can companies position themselves for sustained success?
Christopher Vollmer, Global Advisory Leader for Entertainment and Media, PwC US, comments: “To succeed in the future that’s taking shape, companies must revisit every aspect of what they do and how they do it. This means going ‘above and beyond’ in how they envision their business, generate revenues, create and organise their capabilities and build and retain trust. And given the pace and scale of change under way, speed is vital. For many companies, the models, assets, practices and capabilities that support their businesses today will simply not be enough in the future. Standing still is not an option.”
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