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Forecast: SVoD to add 143m subs in 2023

February 1, 2023

By Colin Mann

Despite the economic uncertainty, cost of living crisis and saturation of video services in some countries, 2023 is on track to be a positive year for SVoD services, according to figures from analyst firm Omdia.

“Moving on from the impact of Covid, the introduction of the ad tiers and an abundance of new content has meant that 2023 will be an important year for growth in SVoD and its subscribers,” advises Maria Rua Aguete, Senior Director in Omdia’s Media and Entertainment practice. “2020 was a boom year for online video streaming, due to the pandemic and subsequent outdoor limitations which resulted in more than 300 million new global subscription online video services. SV0D has grown at one of the fastest rates on record. In fact, in absolute terms 2020 added more subscribers to the video on demand industry than at any other point in history and most likely, at any point to come.”

However, and as Omdia predicted, all industries and economies tend to move between waves of growth and pools of stagnation and SVoD is no exception. While 2020 was a year for the records, 2023 will be a year of industry-wide cooling, despite the myriad of services coming from big Hollywood players. The launch of advertising tiers does mean that for many of these players, 2023 would still be a year of growth and SVoD players will add new 143 million subscriptions – these figures represent 50 per cent of what was achieved in 2020, the record year.

Even in countries such as the US where subscription video services have reached maturity, Omdia expects almost 40 million new SVoD subscriptions.

“The biggest battle services will face is the continuing rise in prices which may scare customers and could slow down growth. Thanks to the introduction of advertising tiers, SVoD players like Netflix could still grow in already saturated subscription markets such as the USA but also acquire subscribers in LatAm or APAC where price was considered a reason not to subscribe. We expect 14 per cent of all the subscriber growth in 2023 will come from LatAm,” concludes Rua Aguete.

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