Roll credits: Revenue continues to fall due to declining demand for Blu-ray Discs and DVDs

IBISWorld’s Motion Picture and Video Distribution market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The increasing digitisation of media has changed the way that visual entertainment and films are delivered to households, with a variety of new media and formats changing the industry's operating landscape. Industry performance is linked to box office takings at cinemas, and film distribution to free-to-air TV, pay TV and other networks. Combined sales and rentals of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs have decreased over the past five years while film piracy has increased steadily, to the industry's detriment.

Film and video distributors need to have solid agreements with local and international film libraries and producers to guarantee a steady flow of video products for clients. Keeping up with technological advancement is also important...

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Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

Market share concentration measures the extent to which the top four players dominate an industry. IBISWorld estimates that the top four operators in the industry account for just over 40% of revenue in 2016-17. While there are several large companies in the industry, there are also many small firms that only handle narrow product ranges with small volumes, specialising in niche markets and operating within small geographic regions.

Within the cinema distribution segment of the industry, the top four major distributors account for about three-quarters of total box office revenue. These distributors are Warner Bros, Fox, Walt Disney and Paramount. These companies have links with major movie producers in the United States and elsewhere, while some are cinema owners. In ..

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Industry Products

What is the Motion Picture and Video Distribution Industry?

Firms in the industry lease or wholesale motion pictures on film or video (i.e. DVD and Blu-ray Disc) to cinemas for exhibition, to wholesalers and retailers for sale, to video rental stores, and to TV and pay-TV stations for public viewing. Firms in the industry acquire the distribution rights for motion pictures and videos. The industry also includes agents that lease and wholesale films and videos to organisations, and distributes video products via digital media.

Industry Products
G rated films and TV shows
PG rated films and TV shows
M rated films and TV shows
MA15+ rated films and TV shows
R18+ rated films
X18+ rated films
RC (refused classification) films
Industry Activities
Film distribution
Motion picture leasing to cinemas
Motion picture distribution to TV networks
DVD and Blu-ray distribution to and rental outlets
Television program distribution

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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