Annual revenue of the online video market in China 2009-2022

China’s appetite for online entertainment content has seen explosive growth. In 2020, the estimated revenue of the online video market in China was approximately 120 billion yuan, double the revenue of 2016. The Chinese online video market was dominated by three tech giants: Baidu (iQiyi), Alibaba (Youku Tudou), and Tencent (Tencent or QQ Video), collectively known as BATs.

The early bird’s fall

Once known as China’s Youtube, Tudou and Youku were the most popular video platforms in the country until other rivals arrived on the scene. In early 2010, iQiyi and Tencent Video were launched, while Youku merged with Tudou with a shift to low-cost in-house production. The competition became intense, especially when iQiyi acquired the streaming rights of overseas blockbuster shows. Being drawn into the costly content race, Youku Tudou slowly lost its market dominance in terms of content variety. It was then acquired by Alibaba Group in 2015.

A fierce battle

Today, the online video arena remains fierce with soaring content costs and cutthroat competition. With a diversified content library, iQiyi, the so-called "China's Netflix", has become the market leader in terms of monthly unique visitors and monthly active app users. The entertainment tycoon planned to expand its business into short-form videos, which is still dominated by Douyin (TikTok). On the other side, Tencent has also invested millions of dollars in gaming and esports streaming platforms, like Huya and Bilibili. With the roll-out of 5G in China, the online streaming and video sector will see plenty of room for growth.

Revenue of China's online video market from 2009 to 2019 with a forecast until 2022

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Estimate.

Note: 1 yuan equals approximately 0.14 U.S. dollars and 0.13 euros (as of July 2020).

According to the source, the data was calculated based on financial reports, interviews on industries and iResearch's statistical forecasting data.
Figures prior to 2013 have been taken from earlier publications.

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