Understanding the future of entertainment
Hannah Walsh - 17/07/19
Public broadcasters driving Germany's original content market

Germany's publicly-funded broadcasters continue to set the content agenda in Europe's biggest TV market, accounting for half of all investment in content. Public-funded broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, spend the most on content out of the EU Big 5 public broadcasters with a combined spend exceeding €4bn in 2018. By comparison, The BBC accounts for just 17% of UK total content spend while Italy's Rai accounts for 13% and Spain's RTVE, 17% of total content investment. The only other major European market to come close is France, where France Télévisions accounts for 39% of all content investment in the country. The key role of public broadcasting in Germany is also reflected in the commissioning of original content. Germany's ZDF is the one of the largest commissioners of content among public broadcasters in Europe, with 65 shows currently in production or development. ARD has a further 20 shows in the works. Commercial broadcast groups RTL and ProsiebenSat1 and pay TV operator Sky have just 25 shows in production between them. ZDF is also a major driver for European co-production with 18 of its upcoming shows being co-produced. Expenditure on content in Germany increased 8% year-on-year in 2018 due to an increase in spend on sports (2018 FIFA World Cup and increased value of Bundesliga rights) and originated content.  Investment in original content has always been high for the German public broadcasters and RTL, while ProSiebenSat.1 has rapidly increased its original content spend since 2015. Sky Deutschland was late to enter into the original content market in Germany, releasing its first series ‘Babylon Berlin’ in 2017. It has since been ramping up its original production, releasing three more series and commissioning an additional two series.



Toby Holleran - 10/07/19
The Whole Nine Years: Average US SVoD household has access to nine years of content

Thanks to Amazon, Hulu and Netflix's expansive catalogues, the average US SVoD household has access to more than nine years of on-demand content through their SVoD subscriptions.

Guy Bisson - 3/07/19
Netflix content acquisition 'run rate' shows buying priorities

Netflix is adding over 1,000 hours of acquired TV content a month on average. While its appetite is high, its hunger varies by genre, showing it is using some content types as 'standards' within the catalogue and adding others in bursts through specific targeted content deals.

Guy Bisson - 26/06/19
FAANG: The New Commissioners

Netflix has almost as many shows in production as it's made in its entire history, and has more shows in production or development than the rest of the FAANG's combined.

Olivia Deane - 26/06/19
Crèche of the Titans: Netflix vs. Amazon Kids' Content

Amazon's kids' TV catalogue is almost twice the size of Netflix's, with 547 distinct titles compared to Netflix's 283 titles.

Daniel Harraghy - 25/06/19
Maxdome and Eurosport Player content will Joyn two worlds together

Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1 German joint-venture streamer Joyn is developing an aggregation strategy to attract a wide range of viewers with very different content interests.

Guy Bisson - 20/06/19
Originals are lacking originality

One in three dramas is now based on existing material, with almost half of drama adaptations inspired by books and novels.

Lottie Towler - 18/06/19
Studio golden oldies make Netflix catalogue shine

New analysis shows that studio archive and key older acquired titles have some of the highest critical ratings within Netflix's US catalogue, with profound implications for future content strategy.

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