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Subscription VOD service revenue in Europe grew by 128% annually between 2011 and 2016

The European Audiovisual Observatory releases new European SVOD analysis
Strasbourg 08/03/2018
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Subscription VOD service revenue in Europe grew by 128% annually between 2011 and 2016

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  • SVOD represented 66% of total pay on-demand service revenue in 2016
  • 38.7 million Europeans had subscribed to SVOD in 2016 in the EU.
  • Northern European, particularly Scandinavia, shows the greatest SVOD penetration rate.

These are the finding of a new European SVOD report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The report, authored by Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Observatory’s Department for Market Information and Observatory Analyst Christian Grece, is entitled Trends in the EU SVOD market - 2017 Edition It was financed by the DG Connect of the European Commission.

1. SVOD drives the on-demand market

This new report finds that subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) is the driving force behind the growth of the pay on-demand market, with SVOD representing 66% of total 2016 pay on-demand service revenue, compared with only 11% in 2011.

Breakdown of pay on-demand services revenues in Europe (mEUR)

OBS analysis of Ampere Analysis data

2. SVOD accounts for almost to 20% of all pay-services subscriptions

SVOD still remains a comparatively small market compared to pay-TV. In 2016 It accounted for 18% of all subscriptions to pay-services (linear Pay-TV+ SVOD). This represents considerable growth when compared with only 1% in 2011. In 2016, SVOD represented 6.8% of total revenue of all pay-services compared with 0.2% in 2011.

Breakdown of pay-services subscription (m)

OBS analysis of Ampere Analysis data

3. The number of SVOD subscribers is growing fast…

By the end of 2016, there were an estimated 38.7 million subscribers to SVOD in EU 27 and 43.5 million in greater Europe. The average annual growth rate of the number of subscribers between 2011 and 2016 was 130.1% for EU 27 and 91.3 % for Europe.

Number of subscribers to SVOD in Europe (m)

The average penetration of SVOD among TV households was 17% for EU27 in 2016, and 14% for greater Europe. Four out of the top five countries in terms of penetration of SVOD were Scandinavian countries.

… and so are revenues

Revenues are also increasing sharply. In 2016, the total revenue for SVOD services was estimated at 2.5 bn EUR in EU27 and 2.8 bn EUR in greater Europe. The average annual growth rate of revenue between 2011 and 2016 was 128% for EU 27 and 106% for greater Europe. The top five countries by SVOD revenue were the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Together they accounted for 69% of total SVOD revenue in Europe.

SVOD revenue in Europe (m EUR)


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