Eight months into launch, Zee5 Global surges forward in the US

Eight months into launch, Zee5 Global surges forward in the US

The US market is now driving 40 per cent of its international subscriptions.


Mumbai: Eight months into launch, Zee5 Global has bolstered its presence in the US market, with a record rise in subscription revenue and engagement among the South Asian populace, the platform announced on Monday.

The streaming platform revealed the US is now the second-largest market for Zee5 after India and the largest contributor to the platform’s international subscription revenue and viewership. It has recorded a growth of 15 per cent month on month in its viewers and subscriptions on the back of a wide array of original shows catering to the South Asian communities. The US now drives over 40 per cent of its international subscriptions, it said in a statement.

While Hindi continues to be the driver, the platform has seen double-digit growth in other language content, including Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, and Tamil across states. Telugu content for instance has seen strong traction, especially in Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, and Texas. Bengali content on the other hand has done well in Kansas, Louisiana, Connecticut, and New York.

“I am very glad to see the strong response to Zee5 in the US, especially within such a short span of time,” said Zee Entertainment's president digital businesses and platforms Amit Goenka. “The US is a high priority market for us and material to our International Strategy, and this early momentum inspires much confidence as we plan for the days ahead."

Zee5 Global chief business officer Archana Anand said, “As the only standalone destination for South Asian content in the US, Zee5 Global has grown at an exponential rate in the last eight months and surpassed every milestone. By bringing in the biggest stories and stars from the region as well as ensuring new content every minute and as it releases in India, we will continue to delight our viewers here with the very latest content from back home in the language of their choice.”

The OTT platform is currently catering to key South Asian language-speaking communities, including those from Pakistan and Bangladesh with over 170,000 hours of content. It launched as many as 51 new Originals across languages in 2021 and plans to double its original content releases this year.