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Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment

The way people consume media has already changed significantly over your lifetime.
Visual Capitalist creates and curates enriched visual content focused on emerging trends in business and investing. Founded in 2011 in Vancouver, the team at Visual Capitalist believes that art, data, and storytelling can be combined in a manner that makes complex issues and processes more digestible. Covering high-growth opportunities and industries such as technology, mining, and energy, Visual Capitalist reaches millions of investors each year. Visual Capitalist’s infographics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Zero Hedge, Maclean’s, Gizmodo, The Vancouver Sun, and Business Insider.
Visual Capitalist creates and curates enriched visual content focused on emerging trends in business and investing. Founded in 2011 in Vancouver, the team at Visual Capitalist believes that art, data, and storytelling can be combined in a manner that makes complex issues and processes more digestible. Covering high-growth opportunities and industries such as technology, mining, and energy, Visual Capitalist reaches millions of investors each year. Visual Capitalist’s infographics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Zero Hedge, Maclean’s, Gizmodo, The Vancouver Sun, and Business Insider.

Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment

Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment

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Over your lifetime, the consumption of media and entertainment has already changed drastically.

For Boomers and Gen Xers, the shift has been earth-shattering. Both generations will remember a time before mainstream computing when TV was dominated by the Big Three TV networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS), and newspapers and magazines were the main way to stay in touch with what was happening.

Even millennials have seen fundamental shifts in consumption of media. After all, they experienced the rise of social media, online news, streaming, and digital video firsthand. Many of them will remember their college getting access to Facebook for the first time, the death of Napster, and the funny sounds their 28.8k modem made as it struggled to successfully download a single image file.

The modern landscape of media is very different than it was back then – and the coming years will see even more prolific changes.

The Future of Media and Entertainment

Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it showcases multiple sets of data that help to illustrate the direction that media is heading. This includes the growth rates of various media and entertainment sectors, TV viewing trends, and social media use.

Here are some of the key trends that we found to be compelling:

Online video (6.0%), online ads (4.3%), and video gaming (2.7%) are the only sectors growing at a rate faster than GDP growth.

But while digital video use is growing, it’s not going to takeover TV anytime soon:

Lastly, here are some figures on the future of media and entertainment that are particularly interesting:

  • By 2021, Cisco says that 82% of all internet traffic will stem from digital video
  • There will be 26.3 million VR headsets shipped in 2022, up from 100,000 in 2016
  • The eSports market will jump 152% in size by 2021
  • By 2021, there will be 650 million subscribers to services like Amazon Prime or Netflix
  • 5G latency is expected to be 0.001 seconds, which is 15-60x faster than 4G

It’s fair to say that in another decade, media and entertainment will be much less recognizable than what it looks like today.