The SVoD service revenue in India is expected to grow at a robust compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.9 per cent from $0.9 billion (€0.76bn) in 2020 to $1.9 billion in 2025 in line with increasing demand for various OTT video service platforms in the country, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.
GlobalData’s India Subscription Video on Demand Forecast reveals that the SVoD subscriptions in the country skyrocketed in 2020 witnessing 88.1 per cent Y-O-Y growth. This was mainly as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions implemented during the year, including closure of schools and colleges, work-from-home scenario, and most importantly the ‘complete shutdown’ of multiplexes and cinema houses, prompting people confined to their homes to increasingly adopt digital entertainment services.
SVoD subscriptions and household penetration will continue to grow over the forecast period, driven by the rising fixed and mobile broadband penetration in the country thanks to affordable 4G mobile and fibre plans. Reliance Jio, for instance, offers competitively priced 4G and fibre plans packaged with SVoD platforms such as JioTV and JioMovies. JioFiber’s most popular plan with unlimited data at 150 Mbps costs INR999 (€11.58)/month and packaged with popular SVoD platforms such as Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, SonyLIV, Zee 5, Voot Select, ALTBalaji and Eros Now.
“India is a very attractive market for the OTT players, considering its young population, growing smartphone users, and highest data usage,” observes Pradeepthi Kantipudi, Telecom Analyst at GlobalData. “Global giants such as Disney and Netflix have already started investing in India with Disney acquiring local OTT player Hotstar in 2019 and Netflix spending heavily on the production of local content in various Indian languages.”
Disney+Hotstar holds the largest share in the Indian SVoD market, by subscriptions. The company benefits from its coverage rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the biggest sporting events in the country, and multiple films under its Multiplex sub-brand. Disney+Hotstar has also collaborated with telecom operators such as Reliance Jio and Airtel starting September 2020 to offer recharge plans bundled with new Disney+ Hotstar mobile annual subscription.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has proved to be blessing in disguise for the Indian SVoD services market,” suggests Pradeepthi. “With many local and global players coming in, the market has become very competitive. Right product placement comprising of great mix of regional and global content at a competitive pricing will be the key factor to succeed in the market like India,” he advises.