Cool reception: Revenue is declining as more people tune in to streaming services

The Pay Television industry has contracted over the past five years. Competition from subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, such as Netflix and Stan, has diverted viewer attention away from traditional media platforms, such as TV. Foxtel, the industry's dominant player, has been forced to slash its subscription prices to attract customers and retain existing ones. Consumers have become increasingly discerning regarding when and where they consume content, often demanding a range of viewing options including TV, tablets, laptops and smartphones. This trend has challenged industry operators, which have struggled to keep up in a changing media landscape. As a result, industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 0.3% over the five years through 2017-18, to $3.8 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers have become increasingly discerning regarding when and where they consume content
  • Foxtel has consolidated its position as the industry’s dominant player over the past decade
  • The Australian media landscape will become increasingly fragmented over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Pay Television industry is in the declining stage of its economic life cycle. The industry grew strongly after it was established in 1995, with both existing and new digital technology driving this growth. However, the industry has since become more saturated and transitioned into its declining life cycle stage, as increased competition from online providers has caused significant consolidation. The capital-intensive nature of the industry has led to firms merging to take advantage of economies of scale.Industry value added (IVA) is used to measure an industry's contribution to the overall economy. IVA is forecast to fall by an annualised 7.4% over the 10 years through 2022-23. The industry is expected to underperform annualised real GDP growth of 2.6% over the same period. Inc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pay Television Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Pay Television are:

  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Must have licence
  • Having a large supply contract
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as TV density and Real household discretionary income in the Pay Television industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pay Television Industry?

    Industry companies primarily broadcast TV programs on a subscription or fee basis. These services are generally delivered through cables or satellites. Online subscription TV services are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Light entertainment and lifestyle
  • Drama and movies
  • Sport
  • News and current affairs
  • Documentaries
  • Children and family
  • Music
  • Industry Activities
  • Pay television network operation
  • Pay television broadcasting
  • Cable or satellite television network operation
  • Cable or satellite television broadcasting
  • Subscription television broadcasting
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • TV density
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Total minutes of TV watched
  • Demand from free-to-air television broadcasting
  • Internet connections

  • Current Performance
  • Digital disruption
  • Foxtel’s dominance
  • Content acquisition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Foxtel changes
  • Fragmented media
  • Online competition
  • Changing sports landscape
  • Table: Pay Television Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pay Television Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs
  • Social Clubs
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Motels
  • Media Buying Agencies
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Motion Picture and Video Distribution
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Temporary Staff Services

  • Products & Services
  • Sport
  • Light entertainment and lifestyle
  • Drama and movies
  • News and current affairs
  • Documentaries
  • Children and family
  • Music
  • Chart: Pay Television Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Subscribers aged 55 to 64
  • Subscribers aged 40 to 54
  • Subscribers aged 25 to 39
  • Advertisers
  • Subscribers aged 65 and older
  • Subscribers aged 18 to 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pay Television Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Program amortisation
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pay Television

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pay Television Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Foxtel Group, Telstra Corporation Limited,
  • Table: Foxtel Group - financial performance
  • Table: Telstra Corporation Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pay Television Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Pay Television Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • High-definition (HD) is a digital TV broadcasting system with a higher resolution and quality compared with standard definition.
  • Internet Protocol Television (Iptv)
  • A system where live television services are provided via the internet.
  • Multi-Channel
  • Broadcasting more than one channel from the same network, potentially across a range of media, including TV and internet.
  • Subscription Video On Demand (Svod)
  • A subscription service that allows consumers to watch stored content on a range of digital platforms for a set fee.
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