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The extent of the development of online providers has been revealed by IHS Markit research showing that Netflix and Amazon spent $7.5 billion on programming in the last year, more than CBS, HBO and Turner.

amazon video directMoreover, the World TV Production Report 2016 research also showed that between 2013 and 2015, the online video and SVOD leaders more than doubled their annual expenditure with Amazon’s investment jumping from $1.22 billion in 2013 to $2.67 billion in 2015, while in the same time Netflix splashed out $2.53 billion more to total $4.91 billion. The analyst reported that other principal online platforms — such as Hulu in the US and China’s Youku Toudu, iQifyi and Tencent —have also increased their investment in original programming and acquisitions.

“The levels of investment we are seeing from Netflix and Amazon are only topped by Disney ($11.84 billion) and NBC ($10.27 billion),” said IHS Technology senior principal analyst Tim Westcott. “In what Netflix calls the era of internet TV, more and more consumers are watching content online, shaking the foundations of the traditional TV industry,” Westcott said. “However, it’s premature to declare that the era of linear TV is already over, and Netflix and Amazon have come hard on the heels of a boom in production of original drama and comedy by the likes of AMC and FX in the US."

IHS Markit identified 148 new scripted shows aired by basic cable networks in the US, up from 138 the year before and 96 in 2013. It added that to date in 2016, there have been 113 scripted basic cable shows, compared with 78 on the networks, 31 on premium cable, and 57 online. To set these numbers in context: in 2012, there were three online scripted US TV shows, that number rose to 20 in 2014, 41 in 2015.

The analyst estimated that the US represented a third of worldwide expenditure on TV programming, with $43 billion invested across free-to-air, pay-TV and online. The mature Western European region was the next largest, investing $38.6 billion, or just under one third of the total. The biggest markets in Western Europe were the UK with $10.7 billion, Germany ($7.3 billion), France ($6.6 billion) and Italy ($4.6 billion).

Japan is the largest in the APAC region with $9.8 billion, followed by China ($8.4 billion), South Korea ($2.6 billion), Australia and India, both of which on $2.4 billion. Leading Latin American markets are Mexico ($1.5 billion) and Brazil ($1.4 million).