The latest informitv Multiscreen Index examining the 100 top global pay-TV providers has shown a total quarterly increase of 3.45 million subscribers, up by 0.80% during the third quarter of 2016.
The survey showed that this compares with 3.74 million and an increase of 0.95% a year previously and that nearly three-fifths of the service providers reported net television subscriber gains in the third quarter, compared with 59 in the same period a year previously.
Across North, Central and South America there was a modest quarterly increase of 0.25 million subscribers, reversing a regional decline in the previous quarter. Six of the top 10 services in the US lost television subscribers in the quarter and they were collectively down by 73,000 over the quarter and 357,700 year-on-year. AT&T U-verse had the largest loss of subscribers, down by 326,000, although the AT&T satellite subsidiary DIRECTV gained 323,000.
In Europe, Tricolor had the largest increase, up by 130,000, taking its total to 12 million. Sky gained 106,000 customers across Europe, including 49,000 in Germany and Austria. “Six of the top 10 services in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region gained television customers,” noted Dr William Cooper, the editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index. “The region saw a modest increase of 0.65 million over the quarter.”
The Multiscreen Index multiscreenindex.com also showed that the Asia Pacific region showed the largest customer gains, adding 14.37 million television subscribers in 12 months. In the quarter, it gained 2.54 million subscribers, with six operators in India claiming combined gains of 2.19 million, led by Hathway adding 800,000.