Global pay-TV subs up four million in Q2


The October issue of the informitv Multiscreen Index of 100 leading pay-TV service providers worldwide shows an increase of four million subscribers, up by 0.95 per cent over the second quarter of 2016. The Americas region had its first quarterly subscriber loss, which was offset by gains in Asia Pacific, boosted by continuing growth in India.

• 25 of the 100 services in the Multiscreen Index reported net television subscriber losses in the second quarter, while 66 reported year on year gains.
• The top ten services in the US collectively lost 663 000 television subscribers in the quarter and were down by 437 100 year on year.
• Across the Americas there was a net decline of 0.29 million subscribers, which is the first regional loss in the Multiscreen Index.
• Services in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region gained 0.83 million subscribers, with the top ten gaining just 125 000 between them.
• The Asia Pacific region gained 3.46 million subscribers, with the top ten services adding 2.76 million, led by six operators in India claiming collective gains of over two million.

“The Multiscreen Index shows that over 12 months the top ten services in the Asia Pacific region claimed gains of 13.76 million television subscribers, which is an 18 per cent increase,’ said informitv analyst Sue Farrell.

“More services are gaining rather than losing subscribers,’ added William Cooper, the editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index. “Even in the United States, the year on year loss across the top ten services is less than half a per cent of their combined subscriber base.’

Source: Advance Television


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