February 5 – February 12, 2009 Edition

Internet Publishing,
Broadcasting Grow
Twenty Percent

WASHINGTON, DC/Authorlink News/02/05/09–Revenue for the motion picture and video production and distribution industry increased 7 percent in 2007, reaching $66 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Revenue from Web search portals increased 25 percent for a total revenue of $12.1 billion, and their online advertising space grew 32.7 percent with total revenue of $8.7 billion.

These new data come from the 2007 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services, a series of tables that is part of a larger survey that tracks economic activity in the services sector, which accounts for 55 percent of economic activity in the United States. This sector includes companies that produce and distribute information and cultural products, as well as companies that provide the means to transmit or distribute these products.

“Whether online news or a wireless signal for a mobile phone, the unique products that make up the information services sector play a significant role in our everyday lives,” said Mark Wallace, chief of the Census Bureau’s Service Sector Statistics Division. “Not only does this survey provide us with information, but it also demonstrates how profoundly this sector contributes to our overall economy.”

Other details about the information sector include:

Between 2006 and 2007, Internet publishing and broadcasting revenue grew to $15.5 billion, a 20.4 percent increase. The revenue from domestic licensing of rights to television programs grew 10 percent in 2007 from $9.5 billion to $10.4 billion. Radio networks increased their revenue 17 percent to $5.2 billion. Cellular and other wireless telecommunications revenue increased 10.1 percent between 2006 and 2007, from $156.7 billion to $172.5 billion. Cable and other program distribution revenue grew 13.6 percent, from $88.8 billion to $100.8 billion. Internet access revenue from cable and other program distribution grew 19.8 percent, from $13.8 billion to $16.5 billion, while revenue from Internet access from Internet service providers declined 9.2 percent to $10.4 billion. Software publishing revenue grew 12.4 percent, from $131.3 billion to $147.6 billion. Operating systems software revenue grew 15 percent, from $16.7 billion to $19.2 billion.