The big picture: Strong external competition will inhibit revenue growth

Over the five years to 2018, the transition to digital content has diminished the relevance of content distributors as studios increasingly undertake in-house distribution activities. Demand for physical copies of media is also quickly diminishing due to the consumer shift to online platforms. As a result, industry revenue is expected to stagnate. The digital transition is expected to mature over the five years to 2023. During this time, aggregate demand for TV and film content will increase, enabling greater demand for distribution services. Digital distribution to a wide range of platforms is forecast to provide modest opportunity to the industry, although this will be offset by lower demand from production studios that will choose to manage their own more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Media digitization has shrunk the importance of distributors in the content value chain
  • Rising external competition and distributor bypass have eroded the significance of industry operators
  • The rise of streamable media and digital distribution will have mixed effects on the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Operators in the Movie and Video Distribution industry in Canada are overwhelmingly concentrated in Ontario and Quebec, which house some of the country's most densely populated metropolitan areas. According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, Ontario alone is home to 47.6% of industry establishments in 2018. Conversely, Quebec comprises 31.7% of industry establishments. Naturally, many downstream markets, including major retailers and theatre establishments, and a large consumer base are located in these two provinces, encouraging distributors to set up shop in major cities such as Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, and Montreal in Quebec. Moreover, Ontario's proximity to the US border is a crucial advantage for operators located there. Con...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Movie & Video Distribution Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Movie & Video Distribution Industry are

  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Must have licence
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of fixed broadband connections and Total advertising expenditure in the Movie & Video Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Movie & Video Distribution Industry?

    This industry primarily circulates audiovisual works to cinemas, TV networks, other exhibitors and stores. The industry excludes movie and TV distributors that are also involved in audiovisual content production and retailers; rental stores and merchant wholesalers that distribute prerecorded physical media; and music distributors.

    Industry Products
  • Film distribution
  • TV distribution
  • Classic and older videos
  • Industry Activities
  • Acquiring licences and rights to distribute motion pictures and TV programming
  • Marketing motion pictures and TV programming
  • Distributing to TV stations
  • Distributing to cinemas
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Total advertising expenditure
  • Technological change for the Video Postproduction Services industry
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Demand from cable networks and program distribution
  • Demand from movie theatres

  • Current Performance
  • Opportunities and challenges of digital content
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Opportunities and challenges of digital content
  • Industry structure
  • Table: Movie & Video Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Movie & Video Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Canada
  • Department Stores in Canada
  • Movie Theatres in Canada
  • TV Broadcasting in Canada
  • Cable Networks in Canada
  • DVD, Game & Video Rental in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Movie, TV & Video Production in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • TV distribution
  • Film distribution
  • Classic and older videos
  • Other
  • Chart: Movie & Video Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Foreign markets
  • Domestic TV broadcasters
  • Retail outlets
  • Other video
  • Domestic movie theatres
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Movie & Video Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Movie & Video Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Movie & Video Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Movie & Video Distribution 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 Movie & Video Distribution Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Leisure Time (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Audiovisual Work
  • A series of images accompanied by sound that are created to be shown in a particular order using a machine, such as a projector.
  • Blu-Ray
  • A high-definition disc format.
  • Motion Picture
  • A recorded visual entertainment that includes movies and videos, but excludes TV programming, advertisements and music videos.
  • Outsource
  • To procure goods or services under contract with an outside supplier.
  • Pirate
  • Illegally downloading or distributing of media content that breaches the owner's copyright.
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