March 7, 2019

Netflix earns 50%+ of streaming revenues in Europe

Over the past few years, online video services in Europe have experienced rapid growth, particularly those that follow the subscription revenue model. Global players such as Netflix, Amazon and HBO went direct-to-consumer, disrupting the previous long-term relationship between subscribers and multichannel operators.

Soon after Netflix began showing signs of success in North America and Western Europe, pan-European satellite operator Sky launched its own stand-alone online video service in the UK, combining on-demand content with live streaming TV networks in 2012. Others followed, such as Canal+ with Canalplay in France and Telecom Italia with TIMVision in Italy.

Currently, five services accounted for 89 per cent of the $6 billion in consumer spending attributed to subscription online video services, according to a report published by Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence.

More proof of just how dominant Netflix is in Europe comes from new data by analysts at S&P Kagan. According to new research from Kagan, Netflix accounted for 52% of all subscription VOD revenues in Europe at the end of 2018.

With 52% of all SVOD revenues in Europe, Netflix is comfortably ahead of all competitors. Amazon Video is a distant second with 21%.In terms of active paid subscriptions, Kagan revealed that Netflix is responsible for 52 per cent of total revenue, followed by Amazon Prime Video (21 per cent), Sky (four per cent), HBO (three per cent) and Viaplay (three per cent).

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