Unplugged: The industry will embrace digital content creation to combat declining subscription numbers

Over the past five years, the Cable Networks industry has expanded its channel offerings and increased its premium content offerings, achieving strong revenue growth despite a decline in cable television subscriptions. Advertising expenditure has grown over the period, bolstering a key revenue stream for the industry, while an increase in per capita disposable income has boosted consumer spending on premium networks. Although the industry has contended with a declining traditional television audience, emerging online streaming services have provided alternative delivery systems for industry operators and enabled strong growth. However, the industry has generally embraced new digital platforms...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An increase in per capita disposable income has boosted consumer spending on premium networks
  • Networks have increasingly produced television content in-house
  • The industry has generally accepted new digital platforms, if reluctantly
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    This industry has a high level of capital intensity, mostly due to technological investments that the industry is incurring to enhance the content and delivery service of the networks' programs. For every dollar spent on wages, the average cable network operator will invest an estimated $0.95 on capital, including the depreciation of facilities and equipment. Capital costs mainly encompass spending on facility upgrades and software updates, but also include recent program enhancements to HD, 3D and 4K display capabilities. Over the five years to 2017, capital intensity has increased substantially...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Cable Networks Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cable Networks Industry are

  • Close monitoring of competition
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total advertising expenditure and Number of cable TV subscriptions in the Cable Networks industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Cable Networks Industry?

    This industry operates studios and facilities and distributes TV programs on a subscription or fee basis through cable providers and other platforms. Operators include specialty TV cable networks and pay-per-view programming. Programming production and satellite broadcasters are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Content licensing
  • National and regional advertising
  • Local advertising
  • Network compensation
  • Public programming
  • Industry Activities
  • facilities for subscription or fee-based broadcasting
  • Acquisition or programming for supply to third party broadcasters
  • Limited format programming of news, sports and educational programs
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total advertising expenditure
  • Number of cable TV subscriptions
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Technological change for Television Networks and Providers

  • Current Performance
  • New competitors
  • In-house production
  • Advertising sources shift
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Accepting digital
  • Advertising revenue
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Cable Networks Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cable Networks Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cable, Internet & Telephone Providers
  • Satellite Telecommunications Providers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Movie & Video Distribution
  • Movie & Video Production
  • Television Production

  • Products & Services
  • Content licensing
  • National and regional advertising
  • Network compensation
  • Public programming
  • Other
  • Local advertising
  • Chart: Cable Networks Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 50 and older
  • Consumers aged 30 to 49
  • Consumers aged 18 to 29
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cable Networks Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cable Networks

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cable Networks Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner Inc., NBCUniversal Media LLC, Viacom Inc.,
  • Table: 21st Century Fox - financial performance
  • Table: The Walt Disney Company - financial performance
  • Table: Time Warner Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: NBCUniversal Media LLC - financial performance
  • Table: Viacom Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cable Networks Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Cable Networks Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of cable TV subscriptions (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The rate of increase at which customers discontinue their service on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
  • Digital
  • Content provided in a digital format instead of the former analog connection.
  • Federal Communications Commission (Fcc)
  • An independent US agency that regulates radio and TV communications.
  • High-Definition (Hd)
  • A television system that has about twice as many scan lines per frame than a conventional system and a proportionally sharper image.
  • Small Cable Operator
  • An operator that serves less than 1.0% of all subscribers in the United States and that is not affiliated with entities earning gross annual revenue or more than $250 million.
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