Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting in Australia has struggled over the past five years. The global financial crisis resulted in a conservative mindset from consumers and businesses, which limited the amount of advertising revenue generated by free-to-air TV networks. Revenue was also influenced by the penetration of pay-TV services, as available audience sizes for free-to-air TV broadcasters were limited. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Spencer Little, “competition from online digital media has also contributed to the industry's poor performance, as more viewers streamed TV programs online.” While pay-TV penetration has stalled, the internet has become a go-to destination for alternative forms of video media, with websites such as YouTube providing legal video viewing platforms. Popular TV shows are also accessed on the internet through illegal piracy as a means of watching shows on-demand.
Industry revenue is expected to decrease at a compound annual 0.7% over the five years through 2013-14. Revenue is expected to grow by 0.1% in 2013-14, to reach $5.7 billion. Over the past five years, free-to-air broadcasters have also been affected by the shift to digital TV transmission and the introduction of multi-channelling by the industry's largest TV networks. Over the next five years, industry performance is expected to continue declining. The audience of free-to-air TV is projected to decline despite further developments in commercial and digital TV. “Advertising will continue to be diverted away from costly mainstream media in favour of direct promotional activities,” says Little. Although pay-TV services have reached saturation, demand for free-to-air TV programs will continue to fall due to the rapidly growing popularity of online digital media.
The major players in the Free-to-Air Television Broadcasting industry are Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment Co, ABC Corporation and Ten Network Holdings. SBS and commercial network affiliates Prime Media, WIN Corporation and Southern Cross Media are the remaining significant players in the industry. Industry market share concentration is currently in a very volatile state. The shift to digital broadcasting saw the introduction of many new stations from all major free-to-air TV networks. As a result, the commercial networks have risked devaluing advertising airtime. Internet broadcasts are proving to be the most popular way to transmit video content and this trend is expected to change the entire structure of this industry. Over the past five years, market share concentration has increased slightly due to continued government funding for the ABC and the strong performances of the Seven and Nine networks.
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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics
Companies in the industry primarily engage in free-to-air television broadcasting of visual content. Firms also transmit visual programming to affiliated television stations, which then broadcast programs on a pre-determined schedule. Television programs provided by industry operators are made available at no cost to consumers.
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