- MPA analysts track trends in video content consumption, investment and production across seven major markets in the 2018 edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics
- Content spend across India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam rose 8% to reach US$10.2 billion in 2017
- The biggest rises came from India, where content investment soared 14% in 2017 to top US$4.2 billion, and Korea where investment increased 7% to nearly US$3.0 billion
- Budgets for online video content are increasing rapidly from a low base, contributing 30% of aggregate incremental content investment during 2017 across the seven markets
Mumbai: TV, movie and online video content expenditure across India, Korea and Southeast Asia’s five biggest growth markets (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) rose by 8% in 2017 to reach US$10.2 billion, according to the 2018 edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published today by Media Partners Asia (MPA).
The biggest increases came from India, where video content budgets soared by 14% to top US$4.2 billion in 2017, and Korea, where investment in video content increased by 7% over the year to approach US$3.0 billion. The biggest contributors to aggregate incremental growth in video content spend across the seven markets in 2017 were pay-TV (38%) and online video (30%).
Commenting on key findings from the report, MPA Vice President Stephen Laslocky said, “In general, content investment dynamics are favorable with content investment growing. Pay-TV content costs in the surveyed markets grew 5%, led by India and Korea and driven by local entertainment and sports. Free-to-air content investment was up 6% in 2017. Scale and growth in free-to-air content investment is largely attributable to Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, driven by local entertainment. Film production budgets in the surveyed markets were up 10%, driven by Korea and India. Online video investment is growing rapidly from a low base, up almost 80% during 2017. Rising competitive intensity is driving up online video content costs as rival platforms produce and acquire local series and movies, especially in India and Korea. We expect online video content investment to also pick up in emerging markets across Southeast Asia, led by Indonesia and the Philippines.”
India’s 14% annual growth in video content investment was a standout in 2017, driven by pay-TV. Content investment in India’s online video market is also growing rapidly, driven by competition among well-capitalized global and local platforms. This trend should continue over the next three years.
Video content investment in Korea rose by a more moderate 7% in 2017, although growth will likely accelerate when China eventually lifts its ban on Korean dramas, movies and talent. Online video content investment in Korea is also starting to accelerate and will continue to do so over the course of 2018-19.
Growth in production spend across emerging Southeast Asia markets was generally satisfactory in 2017. While free-to-air TV dominates video content investment, the pace of growth slowed substantially in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam due to a deceleration and broader volatility in TV advertising.
Malaysia, meanwhile, experienced a decline in video content investment in 2017, mainly due to Astro cutting spend on international pay channels. Declines in free-to-air advertising also reined in Media Prima’s ability to invest in content. The outlook for Malaysia could improve as new government policies bolster economic growth, broadening consumer spend and ad dollars.