Demanding future: The shift to digital has changed the focus of industry operators

The Film, Video and TV Programme Distribution industry has expanded over the past five years due to the success of a number of film releases during the period and rising demand from video-on-demand (VOD) platforms. The main activities of the industry are the distribution of films for viewing in cinemas and at home, and the broadcast syndication of TV programmes on domestic or international television channels. The performance of the industry, therefore, depends on the popularity of film releases in a given year, the number of releases, DVD and Blu-ray sales, and demand from domestic and international TV broadcasters and VOD platforms.Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 3% to reach £ more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Video-on-demand has supplanted traditional distribution methods in parts of the industry
  • Video-on-demand services have become highly prominent, with a number of new platforms being developed
  • The EU Commission and UK government aim to minimise disruption to Creative Europe schemes
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Market share concentration in the Film, Video and TV Programme Distribution industry is considered to be moderate. The four largest companies in the industry are estimated to have a joint market share of 67.9% in 2019-20.The industry's market share concentration has remained relatively steady over the past five years because of the unrelenting grip of the major US distributors. However, the proportion of revenue generated from the distribution of UK-produced films has increased, resulting in a number of smaller UK distributors gaining market share. Additionally, the internet has provided a new marketing channel for distributors and reduced advertising costs, which has allowed smaller studios to increase their market share. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry are

  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from cinemas and Demand from television programming and broadcasting in the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry?

    This industry consists of firms that distribute films to cinemas, TV networks and other exhibitors. It also includes companies that acquire distribution rights and distribute DVDs to retailers and wholesalers, but excludes the reproduction and sale of film, videos and DVDs from master copies. Broadcast syndication, which is the licensing of TV programmes to external broadcasters, is also included.

    Industry Products
  • US-produced films
  • UK-produced films
  • Internationally-produced films and television series
  • Other video and DVD distribution
  • TV programme distribution
  • Industry Activities
  • Distributing films to cinemas
  • Distributing films, videos and TV programmes to TV networks and stations
  • Distributing films, videos and TV programmes to other exhibitors
  • Distributing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs tors anders
  • Acquiring film, video and television distribution rights
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from cinemas
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from motion picture production
  • Total online expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Motion picture popularity
  • Industry shake-up
  • Industry profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Digital developments
  • Threats to UK production
  • Screening for opportunities
  • Advertising and new platforms
  • Table: Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Cinemas
  • Television Programming & Broadcasting

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motion Picture Production
  • Television Programme Production

  • Products & Services
  • US-produced films
  • UK-produced films
  • TV programme distribution
  • Other video and DVD distribution
  • Internationally-produced films and television series
  • Chart: Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Video on demand
  • Video and DVD retailers
  • TV broadcasters
  • Cinemas
  • Non-theatrical exhibitors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    The Walt Disney Company Ltd, Sony Corporation, BBC Studios Distribution Ltd, Warner Bros Entertainment UK Limited, Universal Studios International BV,
  • Table: The Walt Disney Company Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Sony Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: BBC Studios Distribution Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Warner Bros Entertainment UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Universal Studios International BV - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution 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 Film, Video & TV Programme Distribution Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Broadcast Syndication
  • A process whereby broadcasters sell the right to broadcast their TV programmes to local stations.
  • Distributor
  • A company that acquires the rights to develop a film's commercial value in the theatrical, video and TV markets. Distributors are also responsible for advertising and marketing to attract audiences.
  • Theatrical Release
  • When a film is released in cinemas. This can be on a wide release (nationally across hundreds of cinemas) or within a small geographic region across fewer cinemas.
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