Media and Entertainment (M&E) is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. The sector consists of creation, aggregation and distribution of content, products and services, news and information, advertising and entertainment through various channels and platforms.
The industry is taking initiatives like regional content and distribution platforms (digital, non-digital and mobile) to enhance customer experience as well as monetize content. New technologies such as 3G, broadband and mobile infrastructure are also helping in propelling the growth rate.
The Indian economy grew at a faster pace in 2010 compared to 2009, which translated into more advertising as well consumer spending. This high growth rate will continue to remain in 2011 as well. The Indian advertising industry will grow by 17 per cent in calendar year 2011 and is expected to add about US$ 889 million to the existing ad pie worth US$ 5248 million, according to Pitch Madison Media Advertising Outlook 2011. This robust growth in advertising industry will benefit the M&E industry in 2011 as well.
The entertainment industry in India is estimated at about US$ 9.4 billion in revenues in year 2010, which is expected to grow at a rate of 14.1 per cent to reach revenues of US$ 10.7 billion in 2011.
The television industry is expected to grow by 12.9 per cent cumulatively over 2009-14. The maximum growth is slated to occur in 2010 (15.6 per cent), followed by 2012 (13 per cent), according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
The television industry is expected to grow above 20 per cent in 2011. Two important cricket events - World Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL) - are expected to boost the television advertising revenue. Cricket is expected to earn advertising revenue of US$ 405 million from its television telecast this year, up from US$ 337 million in 2010.
The direct-to-home (DTH) market in India had 23.1 million active subscribers by the end of 2010, as per Media Partners Asia. This amounts to 16 per cent penetration of television homes in India.
With advertisement revenues strengthening, M&E players are aggressively entering the television (TV) broadcasting space. Broadcasters have added 444 television channels in the last five years with over 100 channels getting added in 2010 alone. Last year saw the second highest additions of television channels in the decade after 2008 which saw a record permission for 152 channels.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has granted permission to 39 channels including nine high definition (HD) channels from Star India, ESPN and Sun TV network in December 2010 and January 2011.
In the next twelve months, television's ad revenue is slated to grow by 20 per cent to add. The TV ad revenues will touch a total of US$ 2804.3 million) in 2011, according to Pitch Madison Media Advertising Outlook 2011. (as on March 2011)
The report also projects that TV will remain the highest grosser of revenues in 2011 too. It is expected to corner 45.7 per cent of the total ad pie this year, a further rise from 44.5 per cent in 2010.
Times Network, Sahara Group, Colors and newspaper company Matrubhumi are planning the launch of their new TV channels. AETN18 also received Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for the launch of specialized channels in India. Reliance Broadcast has initiated a buyout of Turner-controlled Bollywood music channel Imagine Showbiz.
The music industry in India has always been dominated by film music, which contributes to 15 per cent of a film’s earning. The industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28.6 per cent over 2010-14, reaching US$ 567.6 million in 2014, reports PwC.
With the advent of new technologies such as 2G and 3G, and incresing mobile penetration India’s music industry is scaling on a high note. Handset major Nokia launched its music store in India; Hungama announced the launch of two portals - Hungama.com and Artistaloud and Saregama too launched its music portal.