Portugal digital subs grow

Portugal had 2.44 million TV subscribers at the end of September after adding 71,000 subs during the third quarter of 2009 with subscriber growth across all platforms, according to regulator Anacom.

Cable accounted for 60% of TV subscriptions during the quarter, cable now passes 4.28 million households, compared with 4.19 million a year earlier, and has 1.45 million TV subscribers around half of which are digital.

At the end of September, 624,000 subscribers, or 25.5% of the total, received TV via satellite, up 26,000 quarter-on-quarter and 63,000 year-on-year. IPTV subscriptions rose by 39,000 during the quarter to a total of 356,000. The number of IPTV operators increased to four when Vodafone launched a TV service during the quarter.

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