Best Media Stocks to Buy Now in India 2024

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All About Media Stocks

The media and entertainment industry in India consists of many different segments such as television, print, and films. It also includes smaller segments like radio, music, out-of-home advertising, animation, gaming and visual effects and the industry presents a huge range of opportunities to grow across different segments. India has one of the most diverse media industries, with over 850 TV channels and 17,000 newspapers. With a population of 130 crore, household television penetration of 89%, internet subscriber base of 72.3 crore and nearly 40 crore smartphone users, India’s telecom industry is set to become the primary platform for content distribution and consumption. The fast-growing mobile environment in India is helping the media and entertainment companies to reach a much larger market.

Traditionally media companies relied on distributors or resellers to reach their end consumers. In a digitalized world every media segment can directly connect with the consumer and stronger the direct relationship, the better the engagement and monetization. Hence greater value is attributed to D2C relationships and D2C has emerged as the new metric to evaluate a media company. D2C is not merely visitors on a web page or number of app downloads but is defined as that set of customers for whom the company has depth of data and can be uniquely presented to the advertiser / sponsor. Emerging opportunities in India in wireless broadband connectivity and infrastructure coupled with favourable economic growth and young demographics are expected to present new growth prospects to the industry.

Summary Table of Best Media Stocks to Buy

Sr. No. Company Name BSE Scrip Code NSE Symbol CMP as on Jan 23, 2024 Rating Industry
1 Zee Entertainment Enterprises 505537 ZEEL ₹169.15 0.5 Broadcasting & Cable TV
2 D.B. Corp 533151 DBCORP ₹326.90 2 Publishing
3 Dish TV India 532839 DISHTV ₹19.05 0.5 Broadcasting & Cable TV
4 GTPL Hathway 540602 GTPL ₹188.40 3 Other Telecom Services
5 Jagran Prakashan 532705 JAGRAN ₹98.20 0.5 Publishing
6 Network 18 Media & Investments 532798 NETWORK18 ₹119.90 0.5 Advertising & Media
7 PVR 532689 PVR ₹1,493.60 0.5 Specialty Retail
8 Saregama India 532163 SAREGAMA ₹342.00 1 Movies & Entertainment
9 Sun TV Network 532733 SUNTV ₹638.75 4 Broadcasting & Cable TV

TV broadcast

The TV broadcast sector is poised for good growth despite the dull numbers posted by various segments of the economy lately. Industry reports state that TV penetration among all households is at 66% in the calendar year 2018. About 88% of all homes are now fully digitized. TV still has a long road ahead of itself in the country. Indians still spend an average 3 hrs 42 mins watching TV every day. However, Digital is growing at a fast pace alongside posing a risk to the traditional platform. In recent news, TRAI’s new tariff order modification (NTO 2.0) aims to reduce the pricing disparity of channels within a bouquet which in effect shall reduce either channels within the bouquet or the price of the bouquet.

This has the potential to impact bouquet reach and channel subscription revenue. India’s radio sector is fairly consolidated due to cost economies of scale and higher entry barriers. As a result, 80% of revenues and 70% of stations are held by the top 6 networks. This consolidation coupled with the expansion of radio in Phase III (to over 400 stations in 115 towns), means that a single network can now offer an advertiser significant reach and create a viable add-on to print.

Global print media

Global print media industry has been on the decline and losing consumers and thus advertising revenues to alternate mediums. On the contrary, as the oldest pillar of the M&E industry, Indian print media has not only survived through peaks and troughs over a period of time but continues to grow defying the global trend, but the question is whether it will continue to do so. With a shift to digital, the future prospects (and thus terminal values) of print media continue to be shrouded in an air of uncertainty. Indian print media had been caught up in the crossfire of demonetisation, GST, an economic slowdown and Government clampdown on classified ads but it may still have a few more years of growth ahead of it. The factors that differentiate the Indian print media industry from its global peers is local content, a unique distribution model, low literacy, cultural habits etc. 

Cinema business

The cinema business model has evolved from being a single-screen theatre to multi-screen multiplexes. Despite a premium, more and more people are preferring multiplexes over single-screen theatres because it gives them a variety of different experiences to choose from, be it for comfortable seating, better screen quality, choices in food and beverages, or ultra-premium movie experience. Thus, despite the emergence of online platforms such as Netflix and Prime, people still go to multiplexes just for a great cinematic experience.  Multiplexes in India are witnessing a very rapid growth. With 31% market share of the screens, they account for 55% share of Box Office Collections.

The average spending per household on movies in India has grown from between Rs.368-388 per household in FY 2014-15 to approximately between Rs.433 - 453 per household in FY 2017-18. The average spending on movies is expected to reach between Rs. 589-609 per household in FY 2022-23. With a population of more than 130 crore and a median age of 28 years, there is a humongous market for media and entertainment. India’s current cinema screen penetration is one of the lowest in the world at 8 screens per million population. Even with such a huge market, there are only two listed multiplex chains with a pan-India presence. Before buying multiplex stocks, investors should look at the company’s geographical presence, capex plan, occupancy levels, spends per head, footfalls, segment-wise revenue (revenue from food & beverages, advertising, etc) and debt levels.

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 Impact: Various segments of M&E have got affected by postponement / cancellation of events, impact on theatrical revenues due to shutdown of cinemas, stoppage of print production / circulation in impacted areas, newsprint import blockage, stoppage / delay of content production and post production, etc. Positives could include increased time spent with media through OTT content at home. Nevertheless, with robust media consumption underpinned by demographic trends and improving content availability as well as access-economics, this key sector of the Indian economy is expected to bounce back along with macro-environment in due course. The below mentioned model portfolio includes the best stocks in the media & entertainment industry to invest in for the long term which checks the boxes of fundamentally strong companies.

Detailed Overview of Best Media Stocks


SUN TV is one of the largest Television Broadcasters in India operating Satellite Television Channels across four languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam, and also airing FM Radio Stations across India. It is one of the largest television networks in India. Sun TV’s leading channels have witnessed significant improvement in viewership ratings across genres, and the company is likely to hold its ratings going ahead. The company’s video-on-demand service - Sun Nxt has a subscriber base of over 20 Mn. With a strong pipeline of content, the company offers room for growth. The majority of the revenue generated in the television industry is through advertisements, followed by subscriptions. Strong growth projected in DTH, Digital Cable segment would result in a substantial increase in subscription revenue over the years to come. By virtue of the consistently high TRPs, the popularity of the content, and its established presence, the company has significant bargaining power over its content providers. This, in turn, has aided in control over telecasted content. The company has also reported healthy profit margins currently with an OPM of 71%. The dividend payout ratio currently stands at 33% while the dividend yield is at 3% which is excellent for dividend seekers. On the negative front, Sun TV has relatively high working capital intensity due to delays in actual payment receipts from advertising agencies and DTH/cable operators, beyond the credit period offered. The company derives over 40% of its revenues from advertisements which are also dependent on the macro-economic environment. Another risk is the rising competitive intensity in the industry with an increase in the total number of channels in the mass content and niche segments could also pressurize the company’s advertisement revenues.


PVR is the largest multiplex operator in the industry with 181 cinemas and 903 screens in 78 cities in India. The acquisition of SPI Cinemas having 76 screens in August 2018 further strengthened PVR’s leadership position. PVR, being the market leader, is able to command strong brand value and has established strong relationships with various real-estate developers which enables it to launch properties at premium locations. This in turn leads to higher average ticket prices and adequate occupancy levels. During Q3FY23, the company’s revenue increased to Rs 953 crore which is past the pre-covid level of Rs 9,239 crore in Q3FY20. With green shoots in demand recovery clearly visible, the strong lineup of movie releases has been announced. Gradually, the occupancy levels are also expected to increase. However, PVR continues to be exposed to the inherent risks in the movie-exhibition industry gaining popularity such as Netflix & Amazon Prime and other forms of entertainment from the OTT medium.

Sa regama India

Saregama India is our country’s only entertainment company with IP offerings across media channels (music, films, web series, and TV serials), delivery platforms (physical and digital), and business models (licensing and retail). The company has a large intellectual property portfolio of 142K+ songs, 68 films, and 6K+ hours of television content. It has strong licensing relationships with streaming applications and platforms for music and video. It is also increasing IP library with a growing presence in all leading Indian languages. Moreover, the company makes investments and capabilities in Data Analytics and Technology for content acquisition and IP protection. Saregama India has a strong financial position with a track record of revenue growth, margin expansion, and cash flow generation. Over the past 5 years, it has generated an average ROCE of 21% and ROE of 15%. On the other hand, in a highly competitive market, the company faces the risk of piracy.

Risks to consider before investing in Best Media stocks

The M&E sector is diverse and encompasses different segments each performing and operating in environments that have a unique range of risks. In no other industry is the pace of change greater than in the media and entertainment sectors. Shifts in both the nature and scope of this sector means that businesses need to constantly evaluate new risks in the Media & Entertainment Industry and assess their exposure. The advent of Digital and launch of multiple new platforms led by cheaper bandwidth, significant viewership expansion caused fragmentation of the consumer base across platforms. These higher churn rates and lower stickiness provide an opportunity to wean away viewers from traditional dominant players in television, but also poses a challenge as monetisation models are still evolving. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major black - swan event which has dragged the economy and the advertising environment as a result. The immediate impact on the ad-driven media industry will be significant; however, an increasing proportion of subscription revenues will help.  However, with people being homebound, consumption of media & entertainment and digital media in particular will see considerable growth. Greater demand will be seen for at home entertainment with subscription models and gaming. Segments such as films could see a slower recovery but fundamentals remain intact for the long term.

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Model Portfolio of Best Media Stocks

In order to get exposure to best Media stocks, you need a total of Rs 20,097 for the below-curated portfolio as of Jan, 2024. 

Company CMP as on Feb 28, 2023 Quantity Amount Rs. Weightage (%)
SUN TV 439.45 18 7910 44%
PVR 1,535.20 4 6141 34%
SAREGAMA 330.65 12 3967.8 22%
Total 18019 100%

A detailed table with various parameters for Best Media Stocks to buy

Sr. No. Company Name BSE Scrip Code NSE Symbol CMP as on Feb 28, 2023 Rating Industry Market Cap (In Cr.) Price to Earnings (x) Dividend Yield (%) Debt to Equity (x) Net Worth (In Cr.) ROE (%) ROCE (%) Operating Margin (%) Net Sales CAGR 3 Yrs (%)
PAT CAGR 3 Yrs (%)
1 Zee Entertainment Enterprises 505537 ZEEL 199.3 0.5 Broadcasting & Cable TV 19143 44.13 1.04 0 10859 9.12 13.68 22.46 3.08 -6.82
2 D.B. Corp 533151 DBCORP 96.69 2 Publishing 1720 10.97 5.88 0.01 1875 7.73 11.25 18.25 -10.45 -19.59
3 Dish TV India 532839 DISHTV 15.26 0.5 Broadcasting & Cable TV 2810 0 0 0.4 932 -103.31 -85.54 59.52 -29.43 -23.39
4 GTPL Hathway 540602 GTPL 114.15 3 Other Telecom Services 1284 6.92 2.3 0.11 1032 22.92 27.87 23.61 23.2 111.69
5 Jagran Prakashan 532705 JAGRAN 70 0.5 Publishing 1846 7.86 0 0.13 2137 10.48 13.4 26.08 -10.28 4.14
6 Network 18 Media & Investments 532798 NETWORK18 58.96 0.5 Advertising & Media 6173 425.78 0 2.86 755 128.74 35.26 19.21 14.46 47.84
7 PVR 532689 PVR 1535.2 0.5 Specialty Retail 15038 0 1.11 1359 -30.69 -6.02 32.45 -26.37 -152.07
8 Saregama India 532163 SAREGAMA 330.65 1 Movies & Entertainment 6375 33.84 0.62 0 1266 18.32 25.04 38.24 2.72 42.55
9 Sun TV Network 532733 SUNTV 439.45 4 Broadcasting & Cable TV 17318 9.73 2.81 0 8155 21.59 29.31 70.95 -1.46 5.65

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