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Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts

  • September 2016
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  • Digital TV Research

The top 100 operators accounted for three-quarters of the world’s pay TV subscribers by end-2015, with this proportion not expected to change over the next five years. The top 10 operators took 42% by end-2015, according to the Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “By end-2015, 12 operators had more than 10 million paying subscribers, and this will climb to 18 operators by 2021. However, the number of operators with more than 5 million subscribers will stay at 29.”

Pay TV subscriptions for the world’s top 400 operators with 585 platforms across 100 countries will increase from a collective 778 million in 2015 to 912 million by 2021. These operators took 84% of the 928 million global subscribers by end-2015, with this level expected to inch up to 85% of the 1,076 million by 2021. Only 93 (23%) of the 400 operators will lose subscribers between 2015 and 2021.

China Radio & TV is the world’s largest pay TV operator by a long long way. Government policy to consolidate cable TV means that China Radio & TV quickly became the world’s largest pay TV operator, with 239 million subs by end-2015. The operator will soon represent every cable TV home in China, with 251 million subscribers expected by 2021.

Murray continued: “Despite adding 147 million subscribers between 2015 and 2021, subscription and VOD revenues for the 400 operators will remain flat at $206 billion.

These operators accounted for 83% of the global total in 2015, but this proportion will fall to 80% by 2021. In fact, 115 of the 400 operators (29%) will lose subscription and PPV revenues between 2015 and 2021.”

Published in October 2016, this 190-page electronically-delivered report comes in two parts:
- A 190-page PDF giving a global executive summary and forecasts.
- An excel workbook giving comparison tables and country-by-country forecasts in detail for 400 operators with 585 platforms [125 digital cable, 112 analog cable, 208 satellite, 109 IPTV and 31 DTT] across 100 territories for every year from 2010 to 2021.

Table Of Contents

Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts
Forecasts (2010-2021) contain the following detail for each country:
By country:
TV households
Digital cable subs
Analog cable subs
Pay IPTV subscribers
Pay digital satellite TV subs
Pay DTT homes
Total pay TV subscribers
Pay TV revenues
By operator (and by platform by operator):
Pay TV subscribers
Share of pay TV subscribers by operator
Subscription and VOD revenues
Share of pay TV revenues by operator
Countries and operators covered:
Country No of ops Operators
Algeria 4 beIN, OSN, ART, Algerie Telecom
Angola 5 ZAP TV, DStv, Canal Plus, Angola Telecom, TV Cabo
Argentina 3 Cablevision; Supercanal; DirecTV
Australia 1 Foxtel
Austria 3 Telekom Austria; UPC; Sky
Bahrain 4 beIN, OSN, ART, Batelco
Belarus 2 MTIS, Zala
Belgium 5 Belgacom; Numericable; Telenet; VOO; Telesat/TV Vlaanderen
Bolivia 3 DirecTV, Tigo, Entel
Bosnia 3 Telemach, M:Tel; Total TV
Brazil 5 Claro; GVT; Vivo; Sky; Oi
Bulgaria 5 Blizoo, Bulsatcom, Vivacom, M:Tel, Mobitel
Canada 9 Rogers Cable; Videotron; Cogeco; Shaw Communications; Shaw
Direct; Bell TV; Telus TV; MTS; Max TV
Chile 6 VTR; Telefonica; Claro; DirecTV; Entel; Telsur
China 4 China Radio and TV Network; China Telecom; BesTV; China
Colombia 4 Claro; UNE/Millicom; DirecTV; Movistar
Costa Rica 4 Claro; Tigo; Sky; Cabletica
Cote d'Ivoire 3 Canal Plus, DStv, StarTimes
Croatia 2 Max TV/T-HT, Vip
Cyprus 2 Cytavision; Cablenet
Czech Rep 4 UPC, O2, Digi TV, Skylink
Denmark 6 Canal Digital; Viasat; You See; Stofa; Boxer; TDC
Ecuador 4 DirecTV; Claro; CNT; TV Cable/Sistema
Egypt 4 ART, beIN, OSN, Telecom Egypt
El Salvador 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Estonia 3 Starman/Zuum, Elion, Viasat
Finland 6 Plus TV; Elisa; Teliasonera; DNA; Canal Digital; Viasat
France 7 Orange; SFR; CanalSat; Numericable; Free; Bouygues; TNT
Georgia 2 Magtisat, Silknet
Germany 6 Kabel Deutschland; Vodafone; DT/T-Home; Sky; Unitymedia;
Ghana 3 Canal Plus, DStv, GOtv
Greece 2 Nova, OTE
Guatemala 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Honduras 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Hong Kong 2 Now TV; i-cable
Hungary 5 T-Home, Digi TV, UPC, Invitel, MinDig
Country No of ops Operators
Iceland 2 Vodafone, Siminn
India 11 Dish TV; Hathway; Siti; Tata Sky; Videocon d2h; In Digital; Airtel
Digital; Sun Direct; Den Networks; Reliance; MTNL
Indonesia 10 Indovision; Transvision; Top TV; Okevision; Linknet; Orange TV;
Big TV; K Vision; Telkom; NexMedia
Ireland 3 UPC; Sky; eir
Israel 2 HOT, Yes
Italy 3 Mediaset; Sky; Telecom Italia
Japan 3 NTT; J:Com; SkyPerfecTV
Jordan 3 ART, beIN, OSN
Kenya 5 Zuku, DStv, StarTimes, GOtv, StarSat
Kuwait 3 ART, beIN, OSN
Latvia 4 Baltcom, Izzi, Lattelecom, Viasat
Lebanon 3 ART, beIN, OSN
Lithuania 3 TEO, Cgates, Viasat
Luxembourg 1 Tele des PandT
Malawi 3 Zuku, DStv, GOtv
Malaysia 2 Astro; TM
Mexico 10 Megacable; Cablemas; Izzi; Cablecom; TVI; Televisa Cable; Sky;
Dish; Axtel; TotalPlay
Morocco 4 beIN, OSN, ART, Maroc Telecom
Namibia 2 DStv, GOtv
Nepal 1 Dish Media
Netherlands 5 UPC/Ziggo; Canal Digitaal; Tele 2; KPN/Digitenne
New Zealand 2 Sky; Vodafone
Nicaragua 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Nigeria 4 GOtv, DStv, StarTimes, StarSat
Norway 5 Canal Digital; Viasat; Riks TV; Telenor; Get
Oman 4 beIN, OSN, ART, Omantel
Pakistan 1 PTCL
Panama 3 Claro; CWC; Sky
Paraguay 3 Claro; Tigo; DirecTV
Peru 3 Telefonica; Claro; DirecTV
Philippines 2 Cignal; SkyCable
Poland 9 Multimedia Polska, UPC, Vectra, Inea, Toya, TP/Orange, Cyfra
Polsat, NC+, Netia
Portugal 4 Meo/PT; NOS/Zon; Nowo/Cabovisao; Vodafone
Puerto Rico 4 Liberty; Claro; DirecTV; Dish
Qatar 4 beIN, OSN, ART, Ooredoo
Romania 4 RCS-RDS/Digi TV, UPC, Telecom Romania, Orange TV
Country No of ops Operators
Russia 8 Akado, ER Telecom, MTS, Rostelecom, Beeline/Vimpelcom, NTV
Plus, Tricolor, Orion
Rwanda 5 Zuku, DStv, StarTimes, GOtv, Canal Plus
Saudi Arabia 5 ART, beIN, OSN, Invision, eLife
Senegal 3 Canal Plus, DStv, Orange
Serbia 2 SBB, Telekom Srbija
Singapore 2 StarHub; Mio
Slovakia 3 UPC, Skylink, Nova Digi/Slovak Telekom
Slovenia 3 Telemach, Siol TV, Total TV
South Africa 3 DStv, StarSat, GOtv
S Korea 8 KT Olleh/Skylife; CJ Hellovision; B TV; LG U+; T Broad; D'Live;
CMB; Hyundai HCN
Spain 4 Ono/Vodafone; Canal Plus/Telefonica/Movistar; Euskatel; Orange
Sri Lanka 2 Dialog; Peo
Sweden 6 Canal Digital; Viasat; Com Hem; Telia; Boxer; Telenor
Switzerland 3 Swisscom; UPC/Cablecom; Sunrise
Taiwan 4 CHT; Taiwan Broadband; TWM; CNS
Tanzania 4 Zuku, DStv, StarTimes, StarSat
Thailand 2 TOT; Truevisions
Tunisia 3 beIN, OSN, ART
Turkey 5 Digiturk, D-Smart, Turksat, Turkcell, TTnet
Uganda 5 Zuku, DStv, StarTimes, GOtv, StarSat
Ukraine 1 Volia
UAE 5 eLife, Du, ART, beIN, OSN
UK 4 Sky; Virgin; BT; TalkTalk
USA 17 Comcast; Charter merged; Time Warner Cable; Charter; Bright
House; Cox; Altice USA; Cablevision; Suddenlink; Mediacom;
CableOne; Wide Open West; ATandT U-verse; DirecTV; Verizon
Fios TV; Dish Network; Frontier Communications
Uruguay 2 Cablevision; DirecTV
Venezuela 4 Intercable; DirecTV; Movistar; CANTV
Vietnam 8 SCTV; VTVCab; VNPT; K+; HTV-TMS; Viettel; AVG; FPT
Zambia 5 Zuku, DStv, StarTimes, GOtv, StarSat

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