Global Entertainment & Media to Reach $2.2T in 2012, Driven by Digital, Mobile

June 20, 2008

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The global entertainment and media (E&M) industry will reach $2.2 trillion in 2012, growing at a 2008-2012 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6%, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’s “Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2008-2012.”

E&M companies over the next five years will need to accommodate dramatic changes in devices, as well as market and consumer behavior, by striking strategic business alliances if they are to drive growth, PwC said.

The report also underscores the importance of continuing to extract revenues from traditional business segments while emerging technologies continue to solidify their consumer position.

Below, some findings from the PwC E&M report.

Technology Tipping Point

Several critical technologies – e.g., broadband, mobile, digital cinema, HD TV – are reaching tipping points that will deeply influence both the pace and direction of entertainment and media growth over the next five years, PwC said.

The global broadband boom continues unabated, fueling overall growth, and more than doubling again to 661 million households in 2012, a 16.4% compound annual increase during the forecast period.

With the exception of recorded music, in which case digital distribution will surpass physical distribution in 2011, established and traditional business segments will continue to dominate revenues.

For example, TV subscription and license fees will show growth in all regions, growing at a 10.1% CAGR overall, from $173.5 billion in 2007 to $280.8 billion in 2012:


Nevertheless, digital and mobile are driving growth. Although digital and mobile distribution comprised only 5% of global E&M spending in 2007, these revenues will account for 24% of all growth throughout the industry during the next five years.

For example, mobile television will become a factor in each region and will be particularly significant in Asia Pacific:


By 2012, digital and mobile revenues will account for just 11% of total E&M spending, or $234 billion of the $2.2 trillion global market.

The US Market

The US remains the largest but slowest-growing E&M market, growing at a 4.8% CAGR and reaching $759 billion in 2012.

Internet advertising and internet access spending will be the only two segments with double-digit growth during the next five years, boosted by continued growth in broadband.

“In the US, consumers are taking a preference for free, or heavily discounted, ad-supported content and services in the new digital and mobile environment,” said Jim O’Shaughnessy, Global Chairman, Entertainment & Media practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“This ensures that the importance of advertising will continue to grow – both to entertainment and media companies themselves and to their customers.”

Segment Highlights – Growth Driven by Online and Mobile

Although internet advertising growth will moderate, it will see the most robust growth, at 19.5% CAGR through to 2012 globally.

Internet access (12.1% CAGR), video games (10.3% CAGR) and television subscriptions and license fees (10.1% CAGR) will all experience double-digit growth.

More established segments – television advertising (5.9% CAGR), theme parks (5% CAGR), casino gaming (6.5% CAGR), filmed entertainment (5.3% CAGR) and sports (6.5% CAGR) – are all set to grow at between 5% and 7% compounded annually.

The publishing segments, including Newspapers (2.2% CAGR), Consumer Magazine (3.5% CAGR), Consumer & Educational books (2.8% CAGR), Business-to-business publishing (3.2% CAGR) as well as recorded music (-0.6% CAGR) face the stiffest challenges, where the declines in physical distribution are at their most significant and growth in digital distribution-although rapid-is struggling to make up for the shortfall.

“Companies are rapidly embracing new and emerging technologies in the entertainment and media industry, while adapting to the demands of the net generation. And rightly so, because it will help to drive their business forward and remain competitive in a marketplace driven by innovation,” said Marcel Fenez, Managing Partner, Global Entertainment & Media practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“However, they must also remain focused on managing their traditional businesses, a key component and driver of their revenues. By effectively managing emerging and traditional business lines, they will be able to identify opportunities they can exploit so they can migrate to the new digital environment and meet the demands of the net-generation,” he added.

Health of Media Driven by Net Generation, Maintained by Those 50 and Older

The Net Generation continues to set the pace and direction of change in the entertainment and media industry while exhibiting an influence that is driving new business models that are revolutionizing the relationship between companies and their customers.

As they make these technologies regular components of their everyday lives, the Net Generation is also driving the technology engagement of prior generations, connecting older generations with the latest trends in emerging media technology.

Moreover, this is a global phenomenon that companies are increasingly paying attention to:

  • In the BRIC countries, people under the age of 25 comprise at least 31% of the countries’ total populations – 43% in Brazil, 31% in Russia, 50% in India and 38% in China.
  • Meanwhile, in the United States, people under the age of 25 represent 34% of the total population.
  • Meanwhile, consumers over the age of 50 are creating a balance in the industry by devoting significant amounts of attention to the more traditional media of their generation as the Net Generation drives growth in digital and mobile entertainment.
  • In every region of the world except EMEA, the 50+ population will see double-digit growth rates, and globally this population will increase from 1.1 billion to 1.25 billion, a 13.1% rise through 2012.

This growth will help sustain traditional formats even as this generation becomes increasingly interested in the platforms embraced by their children and grandchildren.

Over the next five years, Asia Pacific and Latin America will be the fastest-growing regions. Double-digit increases are expected in each of those regions for internet advertising, internet access spending, TV subscription and license fees, casino and other regulated gaming and video games.

  • Latin America will total $85 billion in 2012, up from $51 billion in 2007, advancing from a relatively small base at 10.6% CAGR.
  • Meanwhile, spending in Asia Pacific will average 8.8% CAGR, the second highest of any region, increasing from $333 billion in 2007 to $508 billion in 2012.

EMEA, the second-largest market, will expand at a 6.8% CAGR to reach $792 billion in 2012. Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East/Africa will fuel growth in this territory. Internet advertising, Internet access spending and video games will continue to average double-digit compound annual increases during the next five years.

As the trend toward globalization in the entertainment and media industry continues, Brazil, Russia, India and China will remain important sources for growth throughout the entire sector, driven by rising disposable incomes and an increasingly urbanized middle class.

In addition, a large and diverse group of countries are also breaking away from the pack:

  • E&M markets across 15 countries will expand at double-digit annual rates during the next five years, with Saudi Arabia and the Pan-Arab region experiencing the fastest growth.
  • Vietnam will be the world’s fastest-growing television subscription and license fee market over the next five years-growing at 29.3% CAGR.
  • Colombia will be the fastest-growing entertainment and media market in Latin America.
  • The internet access market in Saudi Arabia and the pan-Arab states will grow at 30.1% CAGR, rising to $13.8 billion in 2012, surpassing Russia and rivaling France.
  • Internet advertising, internet access spending and TV subscriptions will lead the industry expansion in Saudi Arabia and the pan-Arab states – with the broadband household universe expanding at more than 20% CAGR.

About the Outlook: PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2008-2012, the ninth annual edition, contains in-depth analyses and forecasts of 15 major industry segments across five regions of the globe – the United States, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Canada – plus a Global Overview.

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