The Future of Video in India looks strong as growth across all sectors is predicted.
Despite challenges of fragmentation and monetisation models, VOD services will
only grow in strength supported by greater investment in content.
Mumbai, 3 April 2019 – The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) yesterday held a one-day
conference, The Future of Video India 2019, with leading industry experts discussing the growth
and prospects of the video industry in India.
The story of the conference was that despite disruption, fragmentation and a need for
consistent and credible measurement across TV and digital streaming services, the video
industry in India today is in great heath and is only getting stronger.
Romil Ramgarhia, the COO of BARC India started the day by painting a picture of growing time
spent watching television and with 100m households still without TV, organic growth of TV
uptake of all sorts would continue. Ashish Bhasin, CEO Greater South and Chairman and CEO
India for Dentsu Aegis Network later corroborated this and said all media will continue to grow
in India over the next 3-4 years.
While TV may be growing, the uptake of streaming video services is exploding with the lowest
mobile data costs in the world and enormous growth of smart phone adoption still to happen,
speakers throughout the day agreed we are on the cusp of an enormous wave of digital growth.
Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO and MD of Viacom18 in his keynote session predicted digital video
growth would be shaped by three things – technology, culture and e-commerce.
The digital video landscape is dynamic and changing and both Gaurav Gandhi, Country GM of
Amazon Prime Video and Akash Banerji, Head of Advertising VOD for Viacom18 Digital Ventures
agreed that fragmentation was an opportunity more than a problem, and the move from 1
television screen per household to 3-4 screens provides a new addressable market for VOD
services. Tarun Katial, CEO of ZEE5 pointed out that streaming services were not content to be
only on the small screen and wanted to be able to grow consumption over TV as a device.
And while it is clear that India’s love affair with video was only deepening, the business model
behind streaming video services still has room to change and evolve. Ad supported services are
likely to be dominant but Sunil Lulla, the Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms pointed out that ad free
subscription is entirely viable and there is enough scale for subscription to be very meaningful
in India, especially where supported by strong content investments.
Shantanu Sirohi, COO Interactive Avenues at IPGMediabrands and Ashok Venkatramani,
Managing Director ZEE Media were very clear that advertisers were not giving up on digital and
moving spends back to linear TV. However, as Ashish Bhasin pointed out, advertising dollars
will continue to grow across all services but growth on digital video was far ahead of ad growth
on TV, which itself was still expected to be respectable 12-15% CAGR over the coming 5 years.
The Future of Video India 2019 was supported by sponsors Accedo, Contentwise, Discovery
India, Hansen Technologies, SES, Viacom18 and Vindicia.
About the Asia Video Industry Association
The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA is the interlocutor for the industry with governments across the region, leads the fight against video piracy and provides insight into the video industry through reports and conferences aimed to support a vibrant video industry. AVIA evolved from Casbaa in 2018.