Global recorded music forecasts 2017-21

For the second consecutive year, the global recorded music industry body IFPI reported rising trade revenues, growing 5.9% to reach $15.6 billion in 2016

Our forecasts supplement IFPI’s trade revenue data with richer national-level consumer expenditure data from local bodies in core markets, and project CAGR of 2.3% to 2021, tapering off as streaming approaches maturity

The Times

6 September 2017 - 11:10am -- Olga De Giovanni

Matti Littunen was quoted in an article on the growing numbers of people using mobile devices to access social media or watch films and popular television boxed sets. Accordingly, Enders Analysis research published yesterday showed that for the first time more than half of the total number of minutes spent online by Britons is via mobile devices, with more than 36 million people spending an average of two hours accessing the internet on their phones or tablets every day. Matti said that bigger screens, the availability of faster and better connections and the rising popularity of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime were helping to drive higher levels of smartphone use. He added that the rising level of smartphone penetration was being driven further by “changing attitudes” towards banking, ecommerce and dealing with local government. Increasingly, this was encouraging people to perform everyday tasks online that previously they would have done manually. “It’s only logical that for people who don’t need a big screen, they will gradually shift towards mobile only”.

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The Drum

4 September 2017 - 11:56am -- Olga De Giovanni

Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article on News UK, which has launched a startup incubator to unearth new sources of revenue. The News UK startup Lab will take up to six small companies and host them in a month-long incubator programme starting in October. Douglas suggested that at a time when news businesses are structurally challenged with revenues certain to decline, tangential innovations are "essential", and that a startup incubator removed from the core business "strikes the right balance of business opportunity and capital risk". He added, "Publishers also have limited experience of rapid innovation, so an in-house unit would not be the right way to approach it. In any case there is also already too much pressure on the cost base of news operations, and risks being a management distraction. We will see more of these structures in the future".

Digiday

1 September 2017 - 10:43am -- Olga De Giovanni

Alice Pickthall was quoted in an article on Condé Nast’s Ars Technica struggles in UK expansion. The magazine publisher, which debuted the technology-focused site in the U.K. two years ago, has all but ceased its U.K. operations. Launching a digital-only media brand is tough, and Condé Nast Britain isn’t the only publisher to find that brands successful in their original markets — like Ars Technica in the U.S. — aren’t guaranteed longevity in foreign markets. Alice said “Ars Technica is online-only in an increasingly challenging digital marketplace for magazine brands. Condé Nast may seek to reshuffle investment toward their stronger consumer brands, such as Wired, which is a similar proposition”.

The Hollywood Reporter

30 August 2017 - 5:01pm -- Olga De Giovanni

Toby Syfret was quoted in an article on 21st Century Fox decision to stop airing Fox News in the UK. Toby said "timing of the announcement is, of course, the interesting feature”, highlighting that Fox, of course, said the decision to end the U.K. feed of Fox News was purely a business decision. He added "however much 21st Century Fox (or the Murdochs) may play down the issue and insist the decision has nothing to do with the takeover bid, friends, the detached and critics alike cannot but make the connection. But the decision does make sense from a commercial perspective”. Asked what it means for the Sky deal, Toby says "It cannot harm the bid - indeed, [it] may help a little – from the regulatory perspective regarding the question of broadcasting standards; though I cannot see it affecting the plurality issue and related competition concerns".

Bloomberg

30 August 2017 - 11:09am -- Olga De Giovanni

Claire Enders was quoted in an article on 21st Century Fox decision to drop the feed of its US news channel, Fox News, from the Sky satellite platform. Fox said that it was pulling the network because of its small audience in a move that could also help address the government’s concerns about its 11.7 billion-pound ($15.1 billion) acquisition of Sky Plc, Britain’s largest pay-TV provider. Claire said “it’s an improvement for the bid, for sure. I don’t find it remotely surprising as a commercial decision”.

Bloomberg

24 August 2017 - 4:12pm -- Claire O'Brien

Julian Aquilina was quoted in an article on the English Football Leagues broadcasting rights; specifically the need for the EFL to negotiate a better deal with Sky Plc and Channel Five. “Sky will want to retain as many football rights as it can while it pulls back in other sports such as tennis" said Julian Aquilina, a television analyst at Enders Analysis. “Even though the EFL does not attract the same interest as the Premier League, there are plenty of people who live in towns without a Premier League club who would subscribe to watch their team on television."

Marketing Week

23 August 2017 - 12:34pm -- Claire O'Brien

Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article on how magazines can still play an important role in many brands’ media mix, and advertisers and publishers are finding new ways of working together. Douglas believes this shift is due to a sentiment change among advertisers across all sectors, who prefer “shinier” digital platforms. Digital ad spend grew 13.4% in 2016 to £10.3bn. “In digital, magazines have no particular advantage like they have in print. This is also a manifestation of a very broad shift to more short-termist marketing. The point of a lot of magazine advertising is that it’s highly visual, brand marketing, whereas what’s replacing that spend is direct response advertising online,” he says.

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