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Analyst: 351m APAC SVoD subs by 2023

July 25, 2018

Three Chinese companies will top the Asia Pacific SVoD rankings by subscribers in 2023, according to analyst firm Digital TV Research. “Not expected to ever operate as standalone platforms in China, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will take fourth and fifth places respectively.

“The Asia Pacific OTT TV & Video Forecasts report expects million subscription video on-demand subscribers by 2023, up from 141 million in 2017,” advised Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “China will have 235 million SVoD subs in 2023 – or two-thirds of the 22 countries covered.”

Netflix ($3.12 billion [€2.67bn]) will top the SVoD revenues chart in 2023. The top three platforms will account for 54 per cent of the region’s SVoD revenues by 2023. Asia Pacific SVoD revenues will triple from just under $5 billion in 2017 to $15 billion in 2023. China’s share will remain at about half of the total.

“Asia Pacific OTT revenues from TV episodes and movies will reach $42 billion in 2023; nearly triple the $15 billion recorded in 2017,” added Murray. “The total will increase by $5 billion in 2018 alone.”

China and Japan will account for three-quarters of the region’s OTT revenues by 2023. China will command 62 per cent ($25.97 billion) by 2023; increasing its share from 59 per cent ($8.79 billion) of the 2017 total.

Advertising on OTT sites [AVoD] revenues are the main source of OTT revenues. However, SVoD is growing faster – tripling between 2017 and 2023. SVoD will take 37 per cent of OTT revenues by 2023, with AVoD supplying 54 per cent. These proportions were 33 per cent and 55 per cent respectively in 2017.

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