According to research from consultancy firm Dataxis, pay-TV piracy reached 7 per cent of TV households in Latin America, with 11.8 million consumers. Dataxis suggests total illegal access to pay-TV could be positioned as the third largest player on the market, behind América Móvil and DirecTV.
However, Dataxis predicts that piracy will maintain a slight downward trend in the future. By 2022, the number of households having illegal access to pay-TV is expected to drop to 11.3 million.
Although analogue cable is historically recognised as the main culprit for such piracy, illegal opportunities on satellite technology are expected to dominate from 2020. The change in the trend is explained by the barrier imposed by the digitisation of cable TV networks.