BIA: NextGen TV To Drive Local Growth

In addition to advanced TV, the forecast examines growth across TV OTA, TV online, OTT, retrans and non-broadcasting.

A new BIA forecast for NextGen TV reveals that local TV groups stand to increase their revenue growth by 50% within the next 10 years from NextGen TV rollouts. The potential growth rate with advanced TV has an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) revenue growth opportunity compared to a 3.8% CAGR baseline.

In addition to advanced TV, the forecast examines growth across TV OTA, TV online, OTT, retrans and non-broadcasting.

BIA’s Managing Director, Rick Ducey, and BIA’s Chief Economist and SVP, Mark Fratrik, presented BIA’s NextGen TV forecast at SMPTE’s D.C. Chapter Meeting, “How ATSC 3.0 Will Transform TV.

BIA’s managing director Rick Ducey had key assertions from the forecast, including: “While a number of questions remain, there are clear upside scenarios for local TV groups investing in NextGen TV. Consumer side revenue business models will take longer to scale, but business and government business models can scale much faster.”

Ducey pointed to the strategic value NextGen TV provides to local TV by creating a capable new form of broadband, wireless, point-to-multipoint, local market distribution.

“Competitive distribution platforms such as 4G/5G mobile and MVPDs are making investments in their capabilities,” said Ducey. “NextGen TV represents an historically significant thrust by local TV broadcasters to establish themselves as an Internet-native, mobile first, advanced TV capable distribution platform.”


BIA’s SVP and Chief Economist Mark Fratrik offered some caution: “Even with the new capabilities NextGen TV provides, traditional linear TV advertising and retransmission will continue to account for the lion’s share of revenues throughout the 2020s.”

The Advanced TV services included in the BIA study focused on both broadcast-only and interactive services requiring an Internet connection from homes, vehicles and mobile devices. Consumer-based business models require a longer adoption curve, particularly since the FCC has specified there is no mandatory adoption set for ATSC 3.0 by broadcasters, and roll-out is on a market by market basis. The first significant push by the consumer electronics industry to release NextGen TV receivers came with this month’s Consumer Electronics Show from several leading manufacturers.

BIA’s study featured some strategic takeaways including, “If Data is the New Oil, local TV operators might be forgiven for mistaking their towers for oil rigs; and NextGen TV + Data = high value/high impact business model marrying premium video to targeted audiences.”

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