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PwC-Global-Entertainment-Media-Content-Spending-Shift-June2013Consumer spending on entertainment and media content is moving away from physical purchases, and that shift will only intensify over the next 5 years, according to the latest “Global entertainment and media (E&M) outlook,” from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). While physical purchases represented 88% of total spending on E&M content in 2008, that number has dropped to 73% this year, and will fall to 53% by 2017. That mirrors an overall spending transition in the global E&M market.

Per the forecast, digital revenues (including consumer spending on content, digital ad spending, and spending on internet access) will constitute 47% of total entertainment and media market revenues in 2017, up from 35% last year. Overall, the market is projected to grow at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 5.7% over the next 5 years to reach US $2.2 trillion, with digital revenues driving that growth (CAGR of 13.1%).

An interesting trend predicted by the researchers is that spending will shift from content to access. That is, the share of overall E&M spending devoted to content will decline from 47% last year to 41% in 2017. Conversely, the share of spending allocated to access will increase from 24% to 30% in that timeframe.

Other Findings:

  • A group of 8 emerging markets will see fast growth in E&M revenues. These markets – China, Brazil, India, Russia, Middle East and North Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, and Argentina – will grow to account for 22% of total E&M spending in 2017, from 12% in 2007.
  • In 2014, more money will be spent globally accessing the internet from a mobile device than from fixed broadband.

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