Sub-Saharan Africa


Digital TV Research: African OTT revenues to reach US$1bn by 2024

Over-the-top movie and TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will climb from US$223 million in 2018 to US$1.018 billion in 2024, according to Digital TV Research stats. The research states that subscription video-on-demand revenue is already the main driver for OTT TV and video “by some distance” and that SVOD revenues will reach US$782m by 2024 […]

Digital TV Research: Sub-Saharan pay TV numbers to climb 61% by 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa will add more than 16 million pay TV subscribers between 2018 and 2024 to reach a total of 45.63 million, according to Digital TV Research. The company’s ‘Sub-Saharan Africa Pay TV Forecasts’ report predicts that subscriber numbers will climb 61% over the forecast period but that pay TV revenues will increase by just […]

African pay TV subscriber numbers to grow 74% by 2023

The number of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is due to increase by 74% between 2017 and 2023 to reach 40.89 million, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that over the same period Sub-Saharan pay TV revenue will climb by 41% to US$6.64 billion, with subscriber growth outstripping revenue as […]

Canal+ secures top-tier Turkish football for African channel

French pay TV operator Canal+’s international arm has secured the exclusive rights to distribute coverage of Turkish top-tier football via its new A+ Sport channel for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. The Vivendi-owned operator has secured the distribution rights to Turkish Süper Lig matches in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa for the next three seasons. The matches will be […]

Sub-Saharan pay TV customers to almost double by 2022

The number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa will almost double between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that the total will climb from 19.47 million pay TV subscribers across 35 countries at the end of 2016 to 36.72 million by 2022, with the proportion of pay […]

Intelsat and AfricaOnline partner for broadband

Satellite operator Intelsat has partnered with AfricaOnline to provide a managed broadband internet service for sub-Saharan Africa.   Under the agreement, Intelsat will provide satellite services via Intelsat 28 located at 33° East and AfricaOnline will provide ground support and network management services from its facilities at Hartebeesthoek in South Africa. Together, the companies will […]

Number of African pay TV customers to double by 2021

The total number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to more than double by 2021, according to new research. The Research and Markets study said that there were 16.9 million pay TV subscribers in the region at the end of 2015 – 10.66 million pay satellite customers and 5.64 million pay digital terrestrial […]

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion (€5.27 billion) in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.  The new figures claim that pay TV revenues in the region will climb from US$1.92 billion in 2010 and US$3.54 billion last year, with South Africa and Nigeria […]

Canal+ unveils A+ line-up ahead of launch on Friday

Canal+’s new sub-Saharan African channel, A+, will launch in 20  countries in western and central Africa on Friday as part of the Canalsat bouquet.  A+ will be available exclusively on Canalsat for CFA5,000 (€7.62) a month. A+ will offer a mix programming aimed at a mass market audience, including series in French, English, Portuguese and […]

Fast growth ‘over’ for the global pay TV industry

Global pay TV’s “fast growth years are over” with industry revenues due to climb from US$193 billion (€142 billion) in 2013 to only US$209 billion in 2020, according to new research.  The Digital TV Research report claims that pay TV revenues – including subscription and on-demand fees – will fall between 2013 and 2020 by […]