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15 November 2013

BRIC markets boost global pay-TV subs


Worldwide pay-TV subscriber base surpassed 886.5 million at the end of 3Q 2013; a 6 per cent YoY increase, generating $ 62.6 billion service revenue in the third quarter, according to ABI Research’s new Pay TV ARPU and RevenuesMarket Data . “Emerging markets are key drivers of global growth in pay-TV subscribers as developed markets are experiencing flat growth rates,” comments Jake Saunders, VP and practice director.
Pay-TV subscriber base in Western Europe grew less than 2 per cent in 3Q 2013 from 3Q 2012. Notably, the number of subscribers in Spain and Italy has been declining for a number of consecutive quarters.
Respectively, pay-TV service providers in Spain and Italy lost over 7 per cent and 2 per cent of their total subscriber base compared to a year ago. Operators blame the weak economic environment for declining subscriber counts, but it is not all doom and gloom in Europe as other markets, such as France, Germany and UK, contributed to regional market growth. Net additions in IPTV subscribers are the prime driver of pay-TV regional growth; other pay-TV platforms saw only marginal increases. ABI Research estimates the IPTV subscriber base in Western Europe increased 1.9 million in 3Q 2013 from 3Q 2012.
In North America, pay-TV subscribers dropped slightly.
ABI Research forecasts the global pay-TV subscriber base will eclipse 1 billion by 2018, generating service revenue of $ 229.6 billion. BRIC countries will account for 68 per cent of total net additional subscribers by 2018.



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