Magna: OTT Ad Market Approaches $4 Billion, Offsets Linear TV Contraction

OTT (over-the-top) video ad spending is expanding at the fastest rate of any major medium and will approach $4 billion this year and $5 billion next year, according to a revised advertising forecast from IPG Mediabrands Magna Intelligence unit.

“The media landscape is set to change in 2019 as OTT and VOD (video-on-demand) reach mass market and become more competitive with the launch of new services,” Vincent Letang, Magna executive vice president-global market intelligence, writes in the report, published this morning.

“This may prompt SVOD players (Netflix, Amazon) to explore hybrid, ad-supported business models, and thus provide new opportunities for advertisers to reach customers,” he continues. He fueled speculation that the video ad marketplace will expand, not contract, as more consumer time is spent on subscription services.

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Based on Magna’s analysis, the U.S. OTT ad market expanded 54% in 2018 and will grow another 39% this year, making it the fastest-growing segment of the ad-supported media marketplace. That's well ahead of social and digital video — see full forecast below.

While the national TV ad marketplace will see a corresponding contraction of 3.6% this year, Letang notes the OTT expansion “party offsets the erosion of linear ad sales,” suggesting it’s more of an evolution of the video marketplace than a replacement medium. Magna estimates the national TV ad market was $42.7 billion in 2018.

“Linear TV ratings continue to decline, due to cord-cutting and the long-term shift toward subscription-based VOD, triggering growing cost-per-thousand inflation, as demand from CPG verticals remains robust,” he writes in Magna’s revised outlook.

4 comments about "Magna: OTT Ad Market Approaches $4 Billion, Offsets Linear TV Contraction".
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  1. Jack Wakshlag from Media Strategy, Research & Analytics, April 5, 2019 at 12:51 p.m.

    If you are a seller of video you just want to get paid for each impression. All goes to the same pocket in the end. Just need to make sure each impression is counted, hopefully in a way that allows you to add all impressions together.  If your a buyer, it’s the same. 

  2. Stanford Crane from NewGuard Entertainment Corp, April 5, 2019 at 1:01 p.m.

    Joe, don't you think if you give the $4B OTT Ad number that is might be important to mention the linear TV $$$?  It is easy to grow on percentage basis from a low number, but that's only part of the story.

  3. Joe Mandese from MediaPost, April 5, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.

    @Stanford Crane: Good point. I truncated Magna's tables to make them more readable, but updated this story to link to their complete data. I also added this line to provide context for the national TV ad marketplace: "Magna estimates the national TV ad market was $42.7 billion in 2018." Thank you for suggesting that. Let me know if it's clear enough. -- Joe


  4. Stanford Crane from NewGuard Entertainment Corp replied, April 5, 2019 at 1:52 p.m.

    thanks Joe, that helps

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