Future of Television Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Future of Television (TV) startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through February 2017.

Future of TV Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 11 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

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Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Future of TV categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Future of TV categories are as follows

Multi-Channel Networks: Companies that aggregate content from multiple publishers, such as individual YouTube posters, into one channel.

Social Video Platforms: Companies that provide social networks built around video content, and applications used by the end-users alongside video programs to offer enhanced viewing experiences.

Video Advertising Platforms: Companies that help marketers by finding and aggregating the supply of publisher inventory, operating ad servers that facilitate the delivery of ads from a stored server, and offering marketplaces that connect buyers and sellers over digital advertising space.

Video Analytics Platforms: Companies that measure and provide viewer analytics and social media data around video content to publishers and content creators.

Video Consumption Platforms: Companies that enable users to consume video content through the internet and across multiple screens. They include destination and over-the-top video platforms, as well as set-top boxes and connected TV devices.

Video Creation Platforms: Companies that enable users to create or produce video content to be distributed across the internet or other medium.

Video Discovery Platforms: Companies that help users find and curate relevant video content based on preferences and data analysis, as well as providing viewers with supplemental TV program information (e.g. descriptions, showtimes).

Video Distribution Platforms: Companies that provide a network of servers to deliver content to users based on their geographical location, and platforms that enable users to upload their videos and automatically distribute content across a variety of destinations.

Video Infrastructure Platforms: Companies that provide the backend systems that support video streaming services. These include general infrastructure platforms as well as data management platforms that store and utilize user demographics and consumption data.

Video Licensing Platforms: Companies that manage and monetize the copyright of television, film, and digital video content and syndicate them with advertisements to deliver to publishers.

Video Management Platforms: Companies that handle the organization of video content such as processing videos for uploading, managing ad operations, and tagging video content with metadata to enhance targeted advertising.

We are currently tracking 711 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $23 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV report and database.

Future of TV Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Future of TV sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

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Exit Activity by Category in Future of TV

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Future of TV category. The Video Advertising Platforms category is leading the sector with 36 acquisitions and 6 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in Future of TV
Exit Activity by Year in Future of TV

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Future of TV sector by year. 2014 leads the sector with 48 exits, with 2013 in the second place with 24 exits.

We are currently tracking 707 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $21B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV landscape report and database.

Venture Investing in the Future of TV – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Future of Television (FoTV) sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

Future of TV Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each FoTV category to the number of companies in the category. The Video Consumption Platforms category leads the sector in funding, with just under $6B. The Video Advertising Platforms category leads in the number of startups, coming it at around 140.

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The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each FoTV category. The Video Consumption Platforms category leads the sector with around $85M in average funding per company. The Video Creation Platforms and Social Video Platforms categories round out the top three.

We are currently tracking 704 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $21B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV landscape report and database.

Average and Median Age by Future of TV Category – Q1 2017

The following graph shows average and median age in the Future of TV sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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Average and Median Age by Future of TV Category
The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Future of TV category. The Video Infrastructure Platforms category has the highest average age at around 12 years, and the Content Management Platforms category has the highest median age at around 11 years.

We are currently tracking 698 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $20.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV report and database.

Future of TV Funding Trends – Q1 2017

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Future of TV Total Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Future of TV startups for each year. 2016 is the best year so far with almost $3.5B in funding. 2015 comes in at second place with around $3.1B raised to date.

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Future of TV Funding by Vintage Year
The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Future of TV companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $3.1B, followed by those founded in 2007 which have raised about $2.6B.

We are currently tracking 697 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $20.2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV report and database.

Future of TV Exits by Category and by Year – Q4 2016

Exit Activity by Category in Future of TV
Exit Activity by Category in Future of TV

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Future of TV category. The Video Advertising Platforms category is leading the sector with 36 acquisitions and 6 IPOs.

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Exit Activity by Year in Future of TV
The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Future of TV sector by year. 2014 leads the sector with 48 exits, with 2013 in the second place with 24 exits.

We are currently tracking 696 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $20.1 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV report and database.

Where in the World are Future of TV Startups? – Q4 2016

The analyses below summarize where Future of TV innovations are occurring.

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Future of TV Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Future of TV companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 467 companies.

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Future of TV VC Funding by Country
The above map shows the amount of total Future of TV startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $17.6B.

We are currently tracking 694 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $20.1 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV report and database.