Digital pushing growth even as linear content consumption declines

SINGAPORE: Interesting revelations came forth on Day 3 of Asia TV Forum (ATF) 2015 where formats were the pivotal topic of discussion. 


At the onset was a presentation by Eurodata head of global research and content strategy Sahar Baghery, who spoke about a few trends that are currently worth making note of. 


According to a study by Eurodata, consumption of linear television is on the decline across progressive nations like France, Germany, Canada and US among others; whereas there is only a marginal growth in the consumption patterns even in countries in Asia and Africa. “What this study suggests is that even though linear consumption is witnessing a downward trend, digital consumption is on the rise,” Baghery stated.


What was even more interesting is the fact that countries like France, Netherlands, Sweden and UK are working on evaluating the viewership of content across screens to give a better understanding to content creators as well as brands advertising on the various platforms about the presence and viability of their investments. Sahar also touched upon the fact that a lot of kids content is now being exclusively produced by OTT players like Amazon and Netflix as they believe that is the future of content consumption by millennials.


The study further educated about the various genres of shows that are currently doing well across the European and American circuits. “Stories dealing with corruption, a spy drama and crime thrillers are doing the best in terms of viewership across popular regions as of now." She added that anthology series were also doing well as a format and could be further explored by other markets as well.


The next couple of sessions for the day dealt with how leaders in Asia, primarily South Korea, are creating content that travels the world. The Korean wave has been sweeping the world and it was no different at ATF either. In a session, which spoke about the trending shows in South Korea, various case studies were discussed as to what led to their success domestically and how that translated into deals with European, Middle Eastern and US markets. CJ E&M manager Spencer Craig Thomas said, “We are very confident of our linear distribution presence, and thus are now looking to grow our content exponentially on the digital side. Our belief is that by creating follow-up or catch up content for our already existing properties on digital, we are only going to increase our consumption traction further.”


On the other hand, Indonesia's MNC Group VP content Hendy Liem stated that international content is only capable of gaining eyeballs but can't be monetised well. “It’s important to understand pricing and return on investments in the first place before venturing into international syndication deals or spending heavily on creating content without knowing its monetising capabilities.”


On the kids’ front, a panel discussion was held on the possibilities and success stories of some of the formats, which have been led by kids as the main protagonists. According to research data by Eurodata, 40 per cent of content, which has kids as their protagonists are fictional; 39 per cent is in the entertainment genre and the remaining 21 per cent are factual shows.


The conclusion of the panel was that though the protagonists of shows like The Voice Kids, Super Kids and Master Class are children or young adults, they look at targeting families and not only kids for gaining that many more eyeballs and touch the empathy chords with their viewers.


That brings us to the end of the TV market at ATF 2015; ScreenSingapore will take centre stage tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates!

Latest Reads

MIPCOM 2016 sets new records

CANNES: Record attendances at MIPJunior and MIPCOM, more World Premiere TV and International Screenings than ever, a remarkable Japan Country of Honour programme, a Personality of the Year, Shonda Rhimes, who packed delegates into her keynote interview and a tour de force opening keynote from Sony...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
BidSlate offers film buyers, content-owners negotiation platform

What if filmmakers didn’t have to rely solely on film markets and sales agents to sell content? And international film buyers had continuous access to a 24/7 international marketplace populated by an ever-growing catalog of content?

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
Two popular BMX content creators join XTreme video multi-platform network

XTreme Video, the leading Multi-Platform Network (MPN) for extreme athletes and creators with over 200 million views each month and more than 50 million social followers, today announced the addition of two of YouTube’s top BMX creators, KinkBMX and Boqer123, to the XTreme Video network. Heading...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
INsight-Flare to produce reality competition 'The Line'

INsight TV has commissioned yet another new original format in Ultra HD, partnering with Flare Media to produce the reality competition The Line.

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
FremantleMedia brings 'Familiar Taste' to MIPCOM

FremantleMedia is bringing a brand new title to MIPCOM 2016, which promises to leave viewers feeling warm inside. Familiar Taste sees well-known faces thanking those people who have had a major impact on their lives by sharing with them a surprise meal they have cooked themselves.

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
MIPCOM: Beta Film delivers interactive TV-event 'The Verdict' throughout Europe

The interactive TV-event The Verdict continues its roll-out throughout Europe and will be simultaneously broadcast in six countries with additional territories to follow. The MOOVIE production by Oliver Berben (“Shades of Guilt”, “Hotel Adlon – A Family Saga”) will be screened in Germany, Austria,...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
'Inside the Masters of Dirt' on INsight TV to have non-scripted reality series in ultra-HD

INsight TV has commissioned a new, non-scripted reality series Inside the Masters of Dirt with XTreme Video, which follows the crew that produces the popular freestyle motocross arena show of the same name. Featuring fearless leaders in extreme motorsports, XTreme Video will be the first to present...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
MIPCOM: Cyber Group Studios signs deals with broadcasters, digital platforms

On the heels of MIPCOM Junior, Paris-based producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios continues to establish a strong presence worldwide by signing new agreements with buyers including major broadcasters and digital platforms for more than ten series of its catalogue. Deals cover players such as...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom
Bloomberg Media Distribution signs Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, El Financiero, STAT as partners

Bloomberg Media Distribution today announced a partnership with a raft of premium publishers to provide business, technology, entertainment, music, lifestyle and health news to global audiences. Launched at MIPCOM, Bloomberg Media Distribution will distribute The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, El...

Specials Event Coverage Mipcom

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories