FDI In Media Sectors

The Indian Media and Entertainment industry is a rapidly advancing sector and is making high growth strides. With the world’s largest newspaper circulation market and globally the largest film industry in terms of number of films made per year, the media sector is on the brink of a strong phase of growth, backed by rising consumer demand and improving advertising revenues.

India has 114,820 registered publications (newspapers and periodicals), close to 2,500 multiplexes and more than 400 mn Internet users – second largest base after China, and is expected to reach out to 640 mn by 2019.

Up to 74% FDI in the Media sector is allowed in Teleports, DTH, Multi-System Operator, cable networks in DAS areas, mobile TV, Headend-in-the-Sky Broadcasting Services: Up to 49% FDI in entertainment media allowed under the automatic route and beyond 49% (up to 74%) allowed under government route

100% FDI in media and entertainment allowed in Publishing/ Printing of scientific and Technical magazines/ Speciality journals/ Periodicals under the government route



  • 1

    Largest newspaper circulation market globally

  • 2

    World’s largest film industry in terms of tickets sold and number of films made

  • 3

    Second largest TV market in the world

The Indian Media & Entertainment industry will touch $34.8 bn by 2021

Projected to grow at a pace of 14% over the period of 2016-2021, the media industry’s advertising revenue is expected to increase at CAGR of 15.3% during the same period

Television is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.7% over the next five years as both advertisement and subscription revenues are projected to exhibit strong growth at 14.4% and 14.8% respectively

Print is projected to continue its growth at 7.3%, largely on the back of continued readership growth in vernacular markets and advertisements' confidence in the medium, tier 2 and tier 3 cities

Films segment is expected to recover from a rather slow run and is forecasted to grow at CAGR of 7.7%

Digital advertising is expected to grow at a CAGR of 32% by 2020

Animation and VFX is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.4% over 2016-2021

  • Rising incomes

    Higher demand for aspirational product and service
  • Increasing young population

    Increased usage of 4G and portable devices
  • 16.4% growth: Animation industry

    Led by 31% growth inVFX industry
  • Rising no. of subscribers

    TV subscribers to reach 195 mn by 2019
  • Film industry growth of 10.4%

    3rd largest after US and China by 2021
  1. Feb 2019: Dailyhunt, a regional language news aggregator run by Verse Innovation Pvt Ltd, will receive investment of US$ 60 million in a new funding round led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners.
  2. Sep 2018: As of September 2018, Twitter announced video content collaboration with 12 Indian partners for video highlights and live streaming of sports, entertainment and news.
  3. August 2018: PVR Ltd acquired SPI Cinema for worth $94.42 mn.
  4. July 2018: 5 private equity investments deals were recorded of worth $115 mn.
  5. Feb 2018: Chinese Internet investment company Tencent Holdings Ltd has acquired a minority stake in Gaana, a leading music streaming platform, for $115 mn.
  6. Nov 2017: After bagging media rights of Indian Premier League (IPL), Star India has also won broadcast and digital rights for New Zealand Cricket up to April 2020.

  • 84% Growth in FDI equity inflows during April 2014 – March 2017 as compared to April 2011-March 2014
  • $49 bn FDI inflows (in USD) in information & broadcasting (including print media) during April 2000 – March 2019
  • 74% FDI allowed in local cable networks and Multiple System Operators (MSO) in non-Digital addressable System (DAS) areas
  • 87% FDI in Indian media sector is allowed in Teleports, DTH, Multi-System Operator, cable networks in DAS areas, mobile TV and others

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