Biggest media companies in the world 2018

In 2018, the leading media company worldwide based on revenue was AT&T Entertainment Group, with revenue of 144.59 billion euros. In second place was Alphabet Inc, followed by Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, and Facebook.

Media market - additional information

The global entertainment and media market has a high value, considering it is made up of television, radio, internet, newspaper and in general technology-based companies. In 2016, this industry had an accumulated value of approximately 1.8 trillion U.S. dollars. Projections for this market are optimistic as this industry is expected to increase its value over the next years, potentially reaching a value of 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars by 2021.

American conglomerate AT&T Inc. is the largest media company in the world based on revenue and the world's largest telecommunication company. The U.S. is the most important regional market for Alphabet, generating 46 percent of its revenue. Alphabet ranks second, followed by telecommunication giant Comcast. The U.S. is also a major market for Comcast, as they held an estimate of 23.6 percent of the pay TV market share in the U.S. in 2018.

The majority of the leading media companies in the world are U.S.-based companies. Indeed, media has a major role on the daily life of Americans. On average, a consumer in the U.S. spends an estimate of 728 minutes per day consuming major media.

Leading media companies in 2018, based on revenue (in billion euros)*

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September 2019



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Supplementary notes

* At date of publication, the following companies had yet to report revenues for 2017: Advanced Publications, Cox Enterprise Inc., Bloomberg L.P., ARD, DeAgostini S.p.A., Globo Communicacao e Participacoes S.A., Spotify, Shanghai Media Group.

The figure for Apple represents the company's "iTunes, Software & Services" segment only.

The figure for AT&T Entertainment Group also includes Time Warner's (now Warner Media) figures following At&T's acquisition of the company in June 2018.

On the date of publication, the exchange rate according to was 1.00 EUR (Euro) = 1.14USD (United States Dollar).

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