Welcome back to The Streaming Lab Podcast! Yann and Vinit here, wishing all our streamers a Happy New Year. In this special episode, we dive into our predictions for the streaming landscapes in the Middle East, North Africa, and India for 2024.
Hybrid Streaming Services: We anticipate a continued rise in hybrid streaming models in MENA, combining AVOD, SVOD, and TVOD. This evolving landscape will challenge platforms to simplify user navigation and content accessibility.
Global FAST Platforms in MENA: There's an expectation of seeing international FAST platforms making their entry into the MENA region in 2024, bringing global content and new viewing experiences.
Local Sports Streaming: The potential for local sports streaming in MENA is immense. More partnerships between local sports leagues and streaming services are anticipated, enhancing accessibility for fans and potentially introducing new technology players.
Aggregation of OTT Platforms: With an abundance of OTT platforms in India, 2024 might intensify the trend of super aggregation, offering bundled content packages. This could be a boon for smaller platforms, aiding in subscriber acquisition.
Consolidation in the OTT Market: The likely consolidation in the Indian streaming market, especially with major mergers like Reliance Jio and Disney Star, could reshape the competitive landscape, pushing other platforms to reconsider their strategies.
Focus on Monetization: Monetization will be key in 2024, with a possible shift back to ad-supported models. This change aligns with traditional Indian preferences and addresses the rising costs of content production and customer acquisition.
As we navigate these predictions, it’s clear that both MENA and India are poised for significant transformations in their streaming ecosystems. The interplay of technology, content strategy, and user preferences will define the streaming experience in these regions.
What have we been streaming? Vinit recommends 'Kho Gaye Hum Kaha' on Netflix, a poignant reflection on the impact of social media in modern life, while I enjoyed 'The Brothers Sun,' a unique blend of comedy and drama, also on Netflix.
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