Netflix, Amazon to drive Western European SVoD

Netflix will remain the dominant force in Western European SVoD for the next five years, according to Digital TV Research. However, Amazon Video will provide a stiff challenge as the firm estimates that 15 Western European countries will offer Amazon Prime Video by end-2017.

Netflix’s share of Western European SVoD subscribers will fall from 51 per cent in 2015 to 47 per cent by 2021. However, Amazon’s share will grow from 14 per cent in 2015 to 21 per cent by 2021. So, these two companies control two-thirds of the region’s SVoD subs.

The Western Europe SVoD Forecasts report expects 55.17 million paying SVoD subscribers across 17 countries by 2021, up from 24.17 million in 2015 and an expected 32.87 million by end-2016. More than 8 million subscribers will be added in 2016 alone.

“The UK will remain market leader, but Germany will close the gap,” noted Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “The UK accounted for a third of SVoD subscribers in 2015, but this proportion will fall to a quarter by 2021.”

“SVoD growth will be more modest in France, Italy and Spain. In fact, the Netherlands and Sweden will have more SVoD subs than Spain in 2021, despite having much smaller populations.”

About 31.5 per cent of the region’s TV households will subscribe to a SVoD platform by 2021; up from 14.1 per cent recorded by end-2015. Penetration will remain notably higher in the Nordic countries and the UK. However, four of the five largest countries (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will be below the Western European average. In fact, Spain will only record 14.0 per cent penetration by 2021.

Western European SVoD revenues will total $5.87 billion (€5.45bn) by 2021 – up from $2.15 billion in 2015. The UK (up by $800 million between 2015 and 2021 to $1.534 billion) will remain the SVoD revenue leader – generating more than Germany and France combined in 2021. This comes despite German and French revenues more than tripling over the same period.

Amazon does not directly charge Prime subscribers to receive video content. However, Digital TV Research believes that Amazon is too big to ignore in the SVoD environment. Therefore, Digital TV Research has assumed that 60 per cent of Prime subscribers watch video, so half the Prime subscription fee for these subs has been allocated to video.

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