ViacomCBS’s Parts Might Add Up to a Greater Whole

ViacomCBS announced that it is launching a new subscription video service that will expand on CBS All Access.

Key details for ViacomCBS:
1) 140K 
episodes of premium TV content
2) 3.6K film titles
3) $13B+ content spend
4) 15% share of prime-time viewing
5) $16/subscriber/month from pay-TV providers
6) ≈ 5M subscribers for CBS All Access
7) ≈ 5M subscribers for Showtime OTT
8) 20M monthly users for PlutoTV
9) $8.6B (31% of total) in affiliate revenue

Why this matters: Cord-cutting (see above) is reducing the number of households that generate affiliate fees for networks like CBS.  Building a direct-to-consumer relationship for both subscriptions and advertising is the future for these companies.

Quick math on the impact on affiliate fees from cord-cutting:
1) $16/month/subscriber for ViacomCBS
2) $196/year/subscriber
3) 3.7M subscribers left the pay-TV ecosystem in 2019
4) $733M in potential lost affiliate revenue

Flashback: Viacom-CBS Deal Drama Was Worthy of the Fall Lineup

Monthly per-subscriber fees:
1) 
Walt Disney – $22
2) 
ViacomCBS – $16
3) 
AT&T – $13
4) 
Comcast – $7
5) 
Fox – $7
6) 
Discovery – $4

Potential assets for new streaming service include:
1) CBS
2) MTV
3) Nickelodeon
4) BET
5) Comedy Central
6) Paramount Pictures
7) Showtime
8) PlutoTV

PlutoTV monthly viewers (YoY growth):
1) 
2016 – 5M
2) 
2018 – 12M
3) 
2019 – 20M (↑ 67%)

ViacomCBS streaming revenue (YoY growth):
1) 2019 – $1.6B
2) 2020P – $2.2B (↑ 67%)

More #1: Exclusive: For the First Time Shari Redstone Tells Her Side Of The Battle To Merge Viacom And CBS

More #2: ViacomCBS to launch new streaming service blending CBS All Access with Paramount films, Viacom channels

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