With the increasing large base of internet users, digital media in the country is expected to overtake film entertainment in 2019 and print by 2021 to reach USD 5.1 billion in 2021, according to a FICCI-EY report.
Film segment was valued at USD 2.5 billion in 2018 and estimated to be USD 2.8 billion in 2019, while print was valued at USD 4.4 billion in 2018 and estimated to reach USD 4.8 billion in 2021.
Digital media grew by 42 percent in 2018, valued at USD 2.4 billion, it said noting that Indians spent 30 percent of their phone time on entertainment. It expects the digital medium to be USD 3.2 billion in 2019.
India has the world’s second-highest number of internet users after China, with around 570 million internet subscribers, growing at a rate of 13 percent annually.
By 2021, it estimates ad model to be USD 4.3 billion and the subscription model to be USD 0.8 billion. “While watch time could grow 3 to 3.5x over the next five years, resulting in massive inventory growth, advertising revenues will grow only around 2x. CPMs (cost per mile) will correspondingly fall during the period for non- premium inventory,” it said. It noted that telecom operators would become the new multi-system operators.
“While 60 percent of total consumption today is through telco bundles, it is estimated to grow to over 75 percent by 2021 and cater to over 375 million subscribers,” it added.
It noted that with the new TRAI Tariff order, OTT platforms would benefit due to increased parity between television and OTT content choices and costs. Overall the Indian media and entertainment sector touched USD 23.9 billion, a growth of 13.4 percent over 2017. It is expected to grow to USD 33.6 billion by 2021.
“During 2018-2021, growth will be driven by online gaming and digital media,” it said adding that TV will retain its pole position as the largest segment in terms of revenue.
Indian online gaming subscriber base grew from 183 million in 2017 to 278 million in 2018, it noted, adding that the revenue is expected to be 1.7 billion in 2021 from 0.7 billion in 2018.
Television grew at 12 percent in 2018 to reach USD 10.6 billion and is estimated to be USD 13.7 billion by 2021.
“Indian broadcasters will continue to expand their global footprint. International revenues could reach 15 percent of the top-line by 2021,” it said.
Writer: Sakshi Gupta