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920m global pay-TV subs by year end

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The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014 according to ABI Research. Overall, pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013. “The growing number of HD subscribers as well as major sporting […]

Pay-TV booms in Central America

Pay-TV is booming in the Central America region, with Honduras subscribers growing 23.24 per cent year-on-year, according to Dataxis’s numbers (in the period to June 30th). Honduras ended the period with a total of 640,000 pay-TV subs out of a population of some 8 million. Honduras is not alone. Other Central American markets which experienced significant year-on-year growth level were […]

Gartner: Dominance of pay-TV masks VoD growth

While pay-TV is the biggest segment of the overall consumer video services market, accounting for 96.3 per cent of total spending in 2014 and 94.2 percent by 2018, subscription video on demand (S-VoD) is a growing market. Fernando Elizalde, principal research analyst at Gartner, was quizzed about the current and future state of the S-VoD market and how consumers’ behaviours […]

VoD, HD fuels LatAm pay-TV growth

The Latin American pay-TV services market is expected to continue its growth trajectory due to the rise in paid subscriptions for DTH TV. The demand for value-added services such as HD and VoD is further spurring market development. Innovative commercialisation models including prepaid plans and multiple-play bundles add to market revenues. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the market […]

MTG Q3 boosted by pay-TV

Sweden’s MTG has posted a higher than expected Q3 core profit and said it still expected higher sales and operating margin for its Nordic pay-TV business this year. Operating profit excluding associated companies and non-recurring items rose to 215 million Swedish crowns ($29.5 million) from a 162 million a year ago. In a statement, the company said: “This was another […]

Comcast broadband subs near TV customers

Comcast added 315,000 subs to its high-speed internet service as its reported earnings came in slightly ahead of expectations. The increase lifts the number of Comcast broadband subscribers to 21.6 million and suggests it could soon eclipse the number of subscribers to the company’s cable television service. Comcast has 22.4 million cable video subscribers, a number that is shrinking as […]

60% of LatAm pay-TV subs will have HD by 2018

The HD channel offer in Latin America has shown constant growth over the past three years, increasing the amount of both pay-TV and free-to-air channels available in each country. The number of HD subscribers across the region has also grown, counting 13.9 million as of Q1 2014. The “Evolution of HD Channel Offerings in Latin America” report, published by Dataxis, […]

Verizon warns over MVPD rethink

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US telco Verizon has warned the FCC that in any possible rule-making determining that OTT video providers offering pre-scheduled, linear channels of programming using the Internet are ‘Multichannel Video Programming Distributors’ (MVPDs) could be fatal to such services. Verizon has filed an ex parte notice following a meeting with FCC officials noting that there are “potential benefits” to such a […]

Pay-TV growth propels video encoder market

The demand for pay-TV video encoders is on the rise, with cable, IPTV and satellite companies requiring these products to get consumers the shows they want from content producers to their home set-top boxes. In fact, with the global expansion of pay-TV subscribers and increasing number of channels, cable, IPTV and satellite companies have been left with little option but […]

Sky Italia denies FTA channel launches

Sky Italia has denied Italian press reports that it plans to launch a package of free-to-air channels on DTT. In a statement, Sky Italia stressed it remains focused on the core pay-TV business, while its presence in the free-to-air segment will continue to be represented by channel Cielo. Daily “La Repubblica” reported that the pay-TV operator was planning to challenge […]

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