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OTT to account for 46% of Western Europe TV revenues in 2023

Over-the-top-delivered content will account for 46% of all Western European TV revenues by 2023, up from 26% in 2017, according to Digital TV Research.

The new report claims that OTT revenues for TV episodes and movies – both from ad-supported and subscription services – will more than double from US$10 billion to US$23 billion over the forecast period.

Subscription video-on-demand revenues alone are expected to grow from US$4.44 billion in 2017 to US$12.47 billion in 2023 – with Netflix tipped to account for 57% Western Europe’s SVOD revenues by 2023, up from 52% in 2017.

The OTT gains will offset an anticipated US$2 billion decline in pay TV revenues between 2017 and 2023. Overall, Western European TV revenues – from OTT and pay TV – are forecast to grow from US$39 billion to US$50 billion.

“Western Europe will have 205 million TV subscriptions by 2023, up from 153 million in 2017,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.

“We forecast 99 million SVOD subscriptions by 2023, up from 50 million by end-2017. Therefore, SVOD’s share of the total will grow from 33% to 48%. Nearly 15 million SVOD subs will be added in 2018 alone, with 11 million more expected in 2019.”

The SVOD figures refer to gross subscription numbers, with a single household able to have more than one subscription.