Canadians double up on pay-TV

More than 2.5 million Canadian households will have multiple TV subscriptions, paying for TV through a traditional distributor and at least one other OTT TV service, up over 150 per cent from 2012 levels. By the end of 2014, the number of households that will pay for a second basket of TV content will be more than 100 times greater than the number of households that have cut the cord in 2013, and cancelled their subscription TV, according to Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions report.

“As more and more content owners, aggregators and platforms such as cable, telecom and satellite providers make their content available online through subscription, the number of Canadian households with multiple subscriptions will rise,” said Duncan Stewart, Deloitte’s Director of Research for TMT. “So far, at least, the cord-stackers are running far ahead of the cord-cutters. Households will want the best quality and an abundance of content which will have an impact on bandwidth and put upward pressure on monthly download allowances.”

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