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Indian M&E sector expected to cross INR 2 trillion by 2020: FICCI-EY Report

The report is titled 'Re-imagining India's M&E sector'. Read on for highlights.

The following information was issued by EY in a press release:

The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector reached almost INR 1.5 trillion (US$22.7 billion) in 2017, a growth of around 13 per cent over 2016. With its current trajectory, it is expect to cross INR2 trillion (US$31 billion) by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.6 per cent. The digital segment led growth, demonstrating that advertising budgets are in line with the changing content consumption patterns The FICCI-EY report ‘Re-imagining India's M&E sector’ launched recently at FICCI Frames 2018 in Mumbai, captures key insights from the exciting and fast growing Indian M&E sector.

The M&E sector continues to grow at a rate faster than the GDP growth rate, reflecting the growing disposable income led by stable economic growth and changing demographics. The report states that subscription growth outpaced advertising growth in 2017 but advertising will continue to grow till 2020n led by digital advertising. The report estimates that approximately 1.5 million consumers in India today are digital only and would not normally use traditional media. It is expected that this customer base will to grow to ~4 million by 2020 generating significant digital subscription revenues of approximately 20 billion. Going forward, micropayments, enabled through the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) platforms developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) will further accelerate subscription revenues for entertainment content.

Indian M&E sector expected to cross INR 2 trillion by 2020: FICCI-EY Report
Farokh Balsara

Farokh Balsara, partner and M&E leader, EY India, says, “Indian M&E sector reached INR1.5 trillion in 2017 led by digital. With digital subscribers expected to reach 20 million by 2020, has Indian M&E reached its digital tipping point? We now need to re-imagine the future of Indian M&E sector.”

Indian M&E sector expected to cross INR 2 trillion by 2020: FICCI-EY Report
Ashish Pherwani

Ashish Pherwani, partner and M&E advisor leader, EY India, says, “Growth in 2017 was led by the digital, film & animation & VFX segments. We expect sectors like digital and gaming to grow between 2 to 3 times by 2020.”

Key findings


The TV industry grew from INR594 billion to INR660 billion in 2017, a growth of 11.2 per cent (9.8 per cent net of taxes). Advertising grew to INR267 billion while distribution grew to INR393 billion. Advertising comprised 40 per cent of revenues, while distribution was 60 per cent of total revenues. At a broadcaster level, however, subscription revenues (including international subscription) made up approximately 28 per cent of revenues.

Key insights - While advertising is 41 per cent of the total revenues today, the report expects it to grow to 43 per cent by 2020. There are over 30 per cent households in India which are yet to get television screens, but being at the bottom of the pyramid, these households will tend to move towards first towards free and sachet products.


Print accounted for the second largest share of the Indian M&E sector, growing at 3 per cent to reach INR303 billion in 2017. Print media is estimated to grow at an overall CAGR of approximately 7 per cent till 2020 with vernacular at 8 per cent-9 per cent and English slightly slower. This growth is expected despite the FDI limit remaining unchanged at 26 per cent and therefore, restricting access to foreign print players and the imposition of GST at 5 per cent on the advertising revenues of the print industry for the first time in history. While magazines contributed 4.3 per cent to the total print segment, the segment was at largely status quo with not many significant new launches in 2017.

Key insights – Today, 98 per cent of readers read dailies and 20 per cent read magazines. Reader base is 395 million, or 38 per cent of the population. Readership has grown by 110 million over the last 3 years. Rural (52 per cent) reader base is larger than urban (48 per cent). 44 per cent of children (aged 12 to 17 years) read a newspaper or magazine. Magazines have a higher readership in urban areas (57 per cent) as compared to rural areas (43 per cent).


The Indian film segment grew 27 per cent in 2017 on the back of box office growth – both domestic and international – coupled with increased revenues from sale of satellite and digital rights. All sub-segments, with the exception of home video grew and the film segment reached INR156 billion in 2017. The Hindi films comprise the majority component of the Indian film segment. They contribute almost 40 per cent of the net domestic box office (BO) collections annually, despite comprising only 17 per cent of the films made. Films in 29 other Indian languages account for approximately 75 per cent of the films released but they contribute approximately 50 per cent to the annual domestic box office collections. Hollywood and international films comprise the balance. The top 50 films contributed approximately 97.75 per cent of the total net box office collection. Box office collections of the top 50 films grew by 11.60 per cent in 2017.

Key Insights: Regional movies drove the growth in number of releases in 2017. Screen count increased from 9,481 in 2016 to 9,530 in 2017. Number of Hindi movies crossing the INR1 billion mark was highest in 2017 in the past 5 years. From 31 movies in 2016, Hindi dubbed movies increased more than 3 times to 96 in 2017.

Digital media:

Digital media has grown significantly over the past few years, and continues to lead the growth charts on advertising. Subscription revenues are emerging and are expected to make their presence felt by 2020. In 2017, digital media grew 29.4 per cent (27.8 per cent net of the impact of GST) on the back of a 28.8 per cent growth in advertising and a 50 per cent growth in subscription. Subscription, which was just 3.3 per cent of total digital revenues in 2016, is expected to grow to 9 per cent by 2020.

Key insights: 250 million people viewed videos online in 2017 and expected to double to 500 million by 2020. Around 40 per cent of total mobile traffic came from the consumption of video services in 2015. This figure is expected to touch 72 per cent by 2020. 93 per cent of time spent on digital videos is in Hindi and other regional languages. OTT subscription in India is expected to touch INR20 billion by 2020.

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