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While IPTV and cable are driving the Spanish pay-TV sector to exceed six million households, satellite is missing out on the growth.

cnmc datos q3 2016For the first time since the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has published quarterly figures for the pay-TV market, satellite platforms have fallen under the one million subscriber barrier.

In fact, what was the leading broadcasting technology until Q2 2015 passing the two million mark, now delivers pay-TV to 950,000 homes, after losing over 300,000 subscribers in the last year.

However, the pay-TV industry is continuing its growth. According to figures just published by the CNMC, the market continues to break records, reaching 6.01 million homes in Q3 2016, representing a 10.6% growth in the last 12 months.

IPTV has channelled most of this growth, doubling its subscriber figures in the last two years and reporting 3.34 million homes by September 2016.

Cable platforms have remained pretty stable over the last year, with almost 1.5 million clients and consolidating as the second most popular broadcasting technology.

The official CNMC figures also show a stable market in terms of operators, with Telefónica topping the ranking with 3.7 million pay-TV households – almost 200,000 less than the 12 months prior.

Vodafone (1.2 million subs after adding nearly 300,000 households) and Orange (462,000, doubling Q3 2015’s figures) complete the market’s triumvirate.