As entertainment and information options grew and choice increased for consumers, success was increasingly driven by abilities around consumers Acquisition, Retention and Transaction (ART). Technology was increasingly applied to support and monetize creativity better, at a global level.
The current situation around the coronavirus will, unfortunately, impact the 2020 estimates we have provided in this report, and we will update the same as soon as we can reasonably estimate its impact.
M&E: Key trends in 2019
Growth was driven by direct-to-customer segments
Online gaming: Continued as the fastest growing segment on the back of transaction-based games, mainly fantasy sports, and a 31% growth in online gamers
Digital advertising: Aggregated the largest share of marketers’ incremental and performance-driven advertising investments, growing 24% in 2019 to command a highest-ever share of 24% of total advertising revenues, up from 20% in 2018
Digital subscription: Grew over 100% in 2019 as sports and quality video content went behind a paywall and telcos paid more to bundle content with their data packs
Animation and VFX: This segment benefited due to increased demand from domestic content companies as well as international content companies producing ever larger amounts of content for both developed and growth markets
Live events: Continued to entertain India in 2019, with a growth in the number of event IPs launched, international formats coming into India, growth in ticketed events and digital activation
Filmed entertainment: This segment saw its best ever domestic theatrical revenues (a record 17 Bollywood films crossed INR100 crore) and growth in value of digital rights, though overseas revenues fell slightly
Music: Grew on the back of digital streamers reaching around 200 million due to the launch of a number of audio streaming platforms in 2019 and better implementation of performance rights collection mechanisms
Television: Advertising saw 5% growth in 2019 due to large impact properties like the ICC World Cup and the general elections, while subscription grew 7.5% due to increase in end-customer prices
OOH: In this, the growth in 2019 was led by airport advertising, metro station naming rights and Indian Railways’ push to increase non-fare revenues
Print: Readership fell marginally in 2019 and consequently witnessed 3% revenue degrowth, with advertising revenues falling 5% but subscription revenues increasing 2%
Radio: The segment witnessed 7.5% decline in revenue on account of the slowdown in economic activity, which impacted ad spends from retail advertisers in the second half of 2019