SA pay-TV sector set for revenues of US$950MN by 2018 | Pay-TV | News | Rapid TV News
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South Africa’s pay-TV subscriber base is forecast to surpass 7.1 million in 2018, earning revenues of almost US$950 million, according to the latest Dataxis research.

By 2018, the subscriber base is set to rise 30% on the figure of 5.43 million registered at the end of 2014, with MultiChoice’s direct-to-home (DTH) satellite platform DStv still dominating the sector.

With the increase of digital terrestrial television (DTT) provision in the country, the grip of DTH is set to loosen a little, with the DTH subscription base accounting for 97.2% of the total pay-TV market by 2018, down from 99.5% in 2014.

Some 43% of TV households require digital set-top boxes – or 5.4 million units. At the end of 2014, there were 25,000 analogue terrestrial pay-TV subscribers on the M-Net platform. DTT migration is expected in 2016.

South Africa had about 80,000 subscribers to video-on-demand (VOD) services in December 2014, with this number expected to rise to about 559,000 in 2018.

Dataxis also believes IPTV services are likely to launch in the country in 2016, following the sale of Telkom’s stake in IPTV licence-holder Telkom Media to Shenzhen Media Group.