Global VOD market to grow 27% by 2016, top $263 million

Revenues from the global video on demand market are expected to top $263 billion by 2016, a 27% increase over the $207 billion the industry generated in 2014, driven by rapid consumer adoption and expanding Internet penetration in emerging markets.

While North America and Western Europe currently are the two largest VOD markets, Asia Pacific, with a 13%-share of the current market, is expected to grow nearly 70% to a 22% share by 2020, bumping Western Europe to third place, according to the report from Future Market Insights.

The North America’s VOD market is expected to top $100 billion mark by the end of this year, riding on a wave of connected devices and increased spending on video services. The key players in the North America VOD market can be broadly categorized into software providers, content providers, service providers, and distributors. The top content companies include Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Hulu.

The VOD market in Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) is expanding at a robust pace and by 2020, the market is expected to reach $80.5 billion.

Proliferation of Internet and rising smartphone ownership are expected to be key drivers in the space.

China and India, two of the fastest growing economies, are witnessing high demand for smartphones, a key factor contributing to the demand for VOD services.

The Western Europe VOD market, mean while, is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 55.6 billion by the end of 2015. Demand for VOD services in Western Europe is growing at an annual rate of over 4%.

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Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn