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Research: SVoD penetration in APAC above Western Europe

September 9, 2019

Research by Ampere Analysis looks at the rise and rise of SVoD in the Asia-Pac region and, in particular, in Australia and New Zealand.

Subscription TV homes in Australia and New Zealand have already reached the inflection point where SVoD outstrips pay-TV. Australia reached this milestone in 2017, and New Zealand in 2018. SVoD has also surpassed pay-TV elsewhere in APAC including Thailand and Singapore – with Malaysia on the brink of achieving the turning point. The only Western European markets that come close in terms of SVoD outstripping pay TV homes are Denmark, Norway and the UK.

Overall, at 37 per cent, SVoD penetration in APAC is above that of Western Europe which sits at 34 per cent. Ampere predicts the household penetration of SVoD to reach 88 per cent in Singapore, 64 per cent in Australia and 42 per cent in New Zealand by the end of 2019. This makes Singapore the country with the highest household SVoD penetration globally, followed by Norway, USA, Denmark and Australia in fifth place at 64 per cent.

In Australia, Netflix is the gateway drug for content addicts

In the Australian market, almost half (49 per cent) of those with SVoD at home subscribe to one service, one third (31 per cent) subscribe to two services, and 21 per cent take three. The number of households with three or more services increased from 13 per cent in Q3 2017 to 21 per cent by Q1 2019 – a large growth rate in under two years.

Netflix is the most common SVoD choice. Some 42 per cent of SVoD subscribers take only to the service. Local player Stan performs well, with 16 per cent taking both Stan and Netflix, 5 per cent choosing to combine Foxtel Now, Netflix and Stan, and 1 per cent opting for an Amazon Prime, Netflix and Stan combination.

Room for growth in BVoD in Australia

Australian’s use of broadcaster catch-up (BVoD), bucks the global trend. Here it is flat, compared to the growth rates experienced in Western Europe. Comparing Australia to the UK, just 7.1 per cent of streaming households view BVoD only in Australia, compared to 14 per cent in the UK. Almost one half (47.6 per cent) of Australia households view SVoD without using BVoD services, much higher than the UK’s 21 per cent. The difference is also stark when it comes to combining SVoD with BVoD: Australia’s 22.6 per cent is just under half of the UK’s 50.5 per cent of the audience. This suggests there is plenty of opportunity for Australian broadcasters to improve their content offering to appeal to streaming households looking to curate their entertainment selection.

Guy Bisson, Director, Ampere Analysis Analyst said: “Australia is a hugely advanced market for streaming services and provides an interesting test case for the transition from traditional forms of paid TV distribution to the new. It’s no surprise that Disney has chosen Australia and New Zealand as two of the first four international markets for its direct-to-consumer streaming launches. If they are to stop Netflix dominating, local broadcasters need to evolve their own streaming platforms in order to maintain market and competitive position, leveraging strengths around local production and potentially co-operating on joint services and aggregation and navigation as well as exploring hybrid (mixed subscription/advertising) streaming business models.”

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