Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023

Getting personal: Putting the me in entertainment and media

Five-year projection of consumer and advertiser spending data across 14 segments and 53 territories

20 years of intelligent insights

Now it is 20th year, the Outlook has been charting the ongoing revolution in these dynamic sectors for two tumultuous and fascinating decades. As in previous years, we’ve taken a deep dive into our wealth of detailed data, forecasts and analyses, and created new perspectives and insights to help you shape your strategies for the year ahead.

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India is the fastest growing entertainment and media market globally and is expected to keep that momentum. Our research shows that in the next 5 years India will see significant growth in OTT, Online Gaming and Internet advertising. Growth in these sub-sectors spurs from the growing trends around personalization and increased digitalization. Today's consumer can now control their own media consumption through an expanding range of smart devices and curate their personal selection of channels using OTT services. Content is being pitched not at audiences of billions but separately at billions of individuals. The soon to arrive 5G networks will create further use cases, enhance user experiences and create disruptions leading to newer business opportunities. Long-term players in the Entertainment & Media space need to gear up to take advantage of such opportunities.

Rajib Basu, Partner & Leader, Entertainment & Media, PwC India

Key India Insights from the Outlook

Internet advertising

Total Internet advertising revenue for India in 2018 was INR 8393.4Cr, a 40.2% year-on-year increase from 2017. The Cricket World Cup and elections in 2019 are expected to boost advertising spends. Internet advertising is predicted to continue to grow rapidly in 2019 and beyond, and is forecast to be worth INR 18185Cr in 2023.

OTT video

India’s OTT video market will grow at a 21.8% CAGR from INR 4462.4Cr in 2018 to INR 11890Cr in 2023. The potential of India’s enormous scale will become reality during the forecast period with its OTT video market overtaking that of South Korea to become the eighth-biggest market in the world by 2023.

Video games and esports

India’s e-sports revenue is small at present but has strong potential with a calendar of well-supported events and leagues emerging. While outside sponsorship remains lower than global markets, this will see India’s e-sports sector increase at a 36.8% CAGR to the end of the forecast period. The main challenge for the segment has been poor online infrastructure, which has historically restricted growth.

Music, radio and podcasts

With streaming services finally germinating, total music revenue is forecast to hit INR 11191.2Cr in 2023, rising at a 13.5% CAGR. Podcast listening has increased markedly in India in the past few years. Monthly listeners (defined as people who listened to at least one podcast in the last month) totalled 4Cr at the end of 2018, up a sharp 57.6% from 2.54Cr in the previous year. This made India the world’s third-largest podcast-listening market (after China and the US), although it ranks much lower on a per capita basis.

PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019-2023

2019 Outlook perspectives

In a word, the theme this year is personalisation. Consumers are using an expanding array of connected devices to organise, curate and discover their own unique worlds of media. In response, companies are designing their offerings to revolve around personal preferences, using data and usage patterns to pitch their products not at audiences of billions, but separately at billions of individuals.

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Understanding where consumers and advertisers are spending their money in the entertainment and media industry can help inform many important business decisions.

PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook provides a single comparable source of consumer and advertiser spending data and analysis. Regardless of how you influence business decisions, the Outlook can help you understand industry trends so you can capitalise on new opportunities.

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Rajib Basu

Rajib Basu

Partner and Leader, Entertainment and Media, PwC India

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