The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry is a sunrise sector for the economy and is making high growth strides. Proving its resilience to the world, the Indian M&E industry is on the cusp of a strong phase of growth, backed by rising consumer demand and improving advertising revenues. The industry has been largely driven by increasing digitisation and higher internet usage over the last decade. Internet has almost become a mainstream media for entertainment for most of the people.
The Indian advertising industry is projected to be the second fastest growing advertising market in Asia after China. At present, advertising revenue accounts for around 0.38 per cent of India’s gross domestic product.
The Indian media & entertainment sector is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.9 per cent, to reach US$ 37.55 billion by 2021 from US$ 19.59 billion in 2016, outshining the global average of 4.2 per cent. The industry provides employment to 3.5-4 million people, including both direct and indirect employment in CY 2017.
Over FY 2016-21, radio will likely grow at a CAGR of 16.1 per cent, while digital advertising will grow at 30.8 per cent. The largest segment, India’s television industry, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7 per cent, while print media is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.3 per cent.
The number of newspaper readers in India has increased by 38 per cent between CY 2014 and CY 2017 to reach 407 million.
India is one of the highest spending and fastest growing advertising market globally. The country’s expenditure on advertising is expected to grow at 12.1 per cent to Rs 68,334 crore (US$ 10.59 billion) by the end of 2018. Mobile advertisement spending in India is estimated to grow to Rs 10,000 crore (US$ 1.55 billion) by the end of 2018.@
The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) sector (including Print Media) in the period April 2000 – September 2017 stood at US$ 6.86 billion, as per data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is set to approach the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, with a request to fastrack the recommendations on broadcasting, in an attempt to boost reforms in the broadcasting sector.
The Government of India has supported Media and Entertainment industry’s growth by taking various initiatives such as digitising the cable distribution sector to attract greater institutional funding, increasing FDI limit from 74 per cent to 100 per cent in cable and DTH satellite platforms, and granting industry status to the film industry for easy access to institutional finance.
The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is on an impressive growth path. The industry is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the global average rate.# TV advertising sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.1 per cent during 2016-21, as against the global average of 2.8 per cent. Cinema in India is estimated to grow at 10.4 per cent compared to global average of 4.4 per cent. Internet video sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 22.4 per cent while the global average is estimated to be 11.6 per cent. TV subscription will grow at CAGR of 11.6 per cent as against the global average of 1.3 per cent.
Growth is expected in retail advertisement, on the back of factors such as several players entering the food and beverages segment, e-commerce gaining more popularity in the country, and domestic companies testing out the waters. The rural region is also a potentially profitable target.
Exchange Rate Used: INR 1 = US$ 0.0155 as on January 4, 2017
References: Media Reports, Press Releases, Press Information Bureau, Department of Industrial Policy and promotion (DIPP), Union Budget 2016-1, KPMG – FICCI Report 2017
Note: @ - according to a joint report titled ‘Mobile Ecosystem and Sizing Report’ by Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and GroupM, # - according to PwC’s 2017 Global E&M Outlook.