Pay TV


GfK MRI: ‘Vast majority’ of US viewers not ready to cut the cord

The “vast majority of US consumers” are still not ready to give up on pay TV, despite an increase in cord cutting and cord shaving, according to GfK MRI. The research firm’s New Cord Evolution study claims that 71% of all US consumers have cable, satellite, or telco TV services and say they have no […]

US subscribers to OTT pay TV services climbs 119%

The number of US subscribers to over-the-top delivered pay TV services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV grew by 119% year-on-year to 6.73 million in Q2, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s second quarter US pay TV update said that while the entire virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) market is growing, […]

Paywizard: viewers prefer OTT customer experience

Consumers prefer over-the-top services like Netflix and Amazon to traditional pay TV services at almost “every stage of the customer journey,” according to research by billing company Paywizard. Respondents gave OTT providers higher positive ratings in eight out of 10 categories – including making sign-up easy, recommending content, dealing with billing, and facilitating service cancellation. The only […]

Dataxis: European pay TV experiences lowest net additions in Q1

The European pay TV market grew by 0.3% quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2018, the “lowest net add ever observed” by research firm Dataxis. The research firm said that the total pay TV market reached 184.8 million subscribers in Q1 2018, up just slightly from 184.3 million in Q4 2017. Year-on-year the total pay TV subscriber number […]

US pay TV subscriber numbers drop 10 percentage points

The number of traditional US pay TV subscribers has fallen ten percentage points in four years, even though people are watching “more TV content than ever before” at 6.5 hours per day. This is according to Horowitz Research, which said that 76% of TV content viewers reported subscribing to traditional cable, satellite, or telco pay […]

ABI: Global pay TV revenues to reach US$295bn in 2022

The worldwide pay TV market is set to reach revenues of US$295 billion in 2022 as operators react to changes in the market by incorporating OTT offerings as part of their service line-ups, according to ABI Research. The report cited DirecTV Now and Dish Network’s Sling TV as examples of the kind of video streaming […]

US pay TV subscriber losses narrow year-on-year

The major US pay TV providers – representing about 95% of the market – lost about 305,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 515,000 in Q1 2017. This is according to Leichtman Research Group, which claimed that even though overall subscriber losses narrowed year-on-year, the top cable and satellite providers fared worse […]

Russian pay TV growth slows as uptake reaches 75%

Pay TV penetration in Russia reached 75% in Q1 2018, but the rate of growth slowed to its lowest point in the past 10 years, according to Telecom Daily. The Russian research outfit said that the total number of pay TV subscribers in Russia at the end of March stood at 42.7 million – just 141,000 more than […]

Dataxis: Global pay TV, OTT and telecom operator revenue reaches US$410bn

Global revenue for pay TV, over-the-top and telecom operators reached US$410 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Dataxis stats. The research covered 80 operators, including major US and European players such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone. Dataxis said that revenues have grown at a compound annual growth rate […]

IHS Markit: MENA pay TV in decline as SVOD subs grow 48%

Pay TV subscriptions declined in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2017 while online video subscriptions grew 48% year-on-year, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that MENA pay TV subscriptions fell 21% percent to 4.2 million in 2017, with the growth reversal linked to blocks on beIN Media – something […]

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