Media & Entertainment


In recent months, both Instagram and Snapchat have made several changes to their products that are reminiscent of growing contender TikTok. Instagram launched its highly-anticipated feature Reels, which allows users to create short videos set to music, and Snapchat introduced a slew of new features, including adding music and a test for vertical navigation.

The media and entertainment industries have traditionally made up a small fraction of the US digital ad market, and we expect their shares to remain flat or diminish through 2021. This partly has to do with traditional media conglomerates tightening their belts; their own ad revenues will continue to decline as ad dollars shift away from print and TV and toward the digital duopolies.

vMVPDs Replace Traditional TV for Some Viewers

We previously expected there to be 80.5 million US pay TV households this year. We updated our forecast in August, and we now believe that figure will decline by 7.5% to 77.6 million. Our pay TV figures exclude virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs), which deliver live TV over the internet.​

App Developers See Revenues from In-App Purchases Outpace Advertising Revenues

The pandemic has caused reduced advertiser spending overall, leading to lower growth of in-app ad spending despite significantly higher numbers of ad placements. While in-app purchases (IAPs) never stopped growing amid the pandemic, publisher revenues have recently been shifting from in-app advertising to purchases.

With the shuttering of amusement parks and cancellation of live events, the entertainment industry will see some of the biggest declines in digital ad spending this year, eclipsed only by the travel, auto, and media industries.

The Future of the Movie Theater

eMarketer forecasting analysts Eric Haggstrom and Peter Vahle and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the future of the movie theater. Will movies make a comeback and what will they look like? They then talk about HBO Max with ads, AT&T's possible wireless phone plans subsidized by ads, and Apple One subscription bundles.

Facebook and the US Election

eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Mark Dolliver, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's recent decision on political ads and how brands can reach social users over the coming months. They then talk about Facebook's plans to limit ads on pages, how this year's events have changed Gen Z's relationship with brands, and why Americans still pay for live TV.

Nearly 44 Million People in the US Will Use AR on Social Networks This Year

Augmented reality (AR) has become more common on social networks. This year, there will be 43.7 million US social network AR users, according to our March 2020 forecast.

The Weekly Listen: China Complicates TikTok Sale, Local TV Streaming, and Current Events in Ads

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Debra Aho Williamson, senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the latest TikTok news, how much current events should be referenced in ads, Peacock's new voice ads, a local TV station streaming service, Amazon getting really close to drone deliveries, how far we are from actual flying cars, and more.

Ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platforms saw strong growth in ad revenues last quarter, a bright spot in the overall ad market during the pandemic.

Digital Video Consumption Is Spiking in Asia-Pacific

With citywide lockdowns and ongoing social distancing measures in place, people throughout the Asia-Pacific region are spending more time at home consuming all forms of media—especially digital video.

US Digital Gamers Will Jump by 5.0% in 2020, the Highest Growth Rate Since 2015

The number of US digital gamers will grow by 5.0% this year to 174.7 million. That’s roughly 8 million more than last year, and an increase of 5 million gamers from our previous forecast for 2020.

Most US Households Won’t Have a Pay TV Subscription by 2024

We expect the number of US pay TV households to decline by 7.5% to 77.6 million this year.

The Weekly Listen: The Latest on TikTok, Quibi, and Peacock

eMarketer vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna steps in as host of this week's "The Weekly Listen," where he and eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Debra Aho Williamson, and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss the latest updates on the TikTok saga, Quibi's unique predicament, Roku and NBCUniversal's buried hatchet, new game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the Emmys' declining viewership, and how a home-field advantage influences soccer (or football, if you're European) referees.

What Is Connected TV, and What Is Driving Its Growth?

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, junior forecasting analyst Zachary Goldner, and principal analyst Nicole Perrin discuss the evolving landscape of advertising through connected TV devices and how Roku stands out from the competition. They then talk about when we may see a return to pre-pandemic advertising budgets, the importance of earning consumer trust during data collection, and what happened to ad blocking.

US Pay TV Suffers Historic Cord-Cutting

While pandemic-driven lockdowns may have benefited certain forms of media, the traditional pay TV industry is not one of them. In fact, cable, satellite, and telecom TV providers will lose the most subscribers ever.

While many persuadable voters distrust social media advertising, connected TV (CTV) ads reach audiences in a brand-safe environment that lends far more credibility.

The Pandemic Is Accelerating AR Adoption for Retailers and Entertainers

Budget cuts and advertising pullbacks are giving companies in industries like retail, accessories and entertainment new reasons to explore the benefits of these technologies.

US Twitch Usage Accelerates amid Lockdowns

Video viewing platform Twitch is benefiting from coronavirus lockdowns in a big way in the US. Usage will jump 26.2% this year to 41.5 million, higher than the 37.5 million predicted in February.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle discuss the implications of TikTok suing the US government, smartphone use while watching TV, a potential new tech agency, Instagram's new "Suggested Posts," the status of cord-cutting, how you can tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps and more.