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Forecast: Pay-TV revenues down $30bn by 2026

Global pay-TV revenues for 138 countries peaked in 2016 at $201 billion (€166bn), according to the Global Pay TV Revenue Forecasts from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Revenues will fall to $143 billion in 2026 from $173 billion in 2020 – despite the number of pay-TV subscribers rising by 15 million. US pay-TV revenues peaked […]

May 17, 2021

Forecast: Pay-TV to add 15m subs

The Global Pay TV Subscriber Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research predicts 15 million additional pay-TV subscribers between 2020 and 2026, to take the global total to 1.02 billion. Between 2020 and 2026, 92 countries will add pay-TV subscribers and 46 countries will lose subscribers. “China and India will together continue to provide […]

May 4, 2021

Analysis: W Europe nears 122m OTT subs

Findings from Kagan, a media research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, suggest that the 16 countries in its analysis had a combined 121.9 million paid subscriptions at the end of 2020, with the UK, Germany and France occupying the top three positions. In a blog post, Michail Chandakas, Associate Research Analyst, and Vladimir Ryazantsev, […]

April 26, 2021

Analysis: Broadband outranks pay-TV in W Europe

The number of Western European pay-TV subscribers will fall by 4 million between 2020 and 2026 to 103 million, according to the Western Europe Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Reflecting the importance of high-speed broadband for homes, IPTV is the top pay-TV platform by subscribers. IPTV will gain 4 million […]

April 8, 2021

Analyst: APAC to reach 630m pay-TV subs

Asia Pacific will have 630 million pay-TV subscribers by 2026, up from 609 million at end-2020, according to the Asia Pacific OTT TV and Video Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. India will add 21 million. China and India together will have nearly 500 million subs. The number of TV households will grow […]

March 15, 2021

Success for UK regional IP unit

A new unit set up to tackle intellectual property fraud in the north west of England has already seized £1.7 million (€1.98m) worth of fake goods, including clothes, electricals and fireworks. The City of London Police, the lead force for fraud, has partnered with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)and the North West Regional Organised Crime […]

March 8, 2021By Colin Mann

Police issue piracy warning notices

More than 7,000 residents, believed to have been using an illegal TV streaming service, are set to receive warning notices this week from Lancashire Police in the northwest of England. The force’s cyber-crime unit is issuing the warnings to subscribers of an IPTV service which allows users to illegally stream premium channels at a reduced […]

December 14, 2020By Colin Mann

Italy-led action shutters 5,500 pirate sites

A Europe-wide operation headed by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police) has led to the closure of over 5,500 illegal live streaming sites and more than 350 Telegram channels. The operation, named ‘The Perfect Storm’ and coordinated by the Naples Public Prosecutor’s Office, targeted a network that broadcast football matches and sports events via illegal […]

November 12, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Canada: 2 charged with content piracy

The Nova Scotia RCMP has charged two people in relation to Operation Hotwire, a federal investigation into piracy of copyrighted television programming. In June 2019, Nova Scotia RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) began an investigation following a complaint from a telco that an individual was streaming large amounts of its television programming through […]

September 16, 2020By Colin Mann

Analyst: IPTV leading pay-TV platform

Pay-TV subscriptions increased by 16 million to 1.028 billion in 2019 across 138 countries, according to the Pay TV Databook from analyst firm Digital TV Research. The growth is in emerging markets. “IPTV is the pay-TV winner,” reports Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research. “IPTV added 49 million subscribers in 2019 to take […]

August 17, 2020