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paytv 10july2017A survey from Digital TV Research has found that by the end of 2016, 522 operators claimed 839 million pay-TV subscriptions, 87% of the global total.

Yet beneath this figure revealed in the Global Pay-TV Operator Databook report is a dominance by a select number of players, with the top 50 accounting for two-thirds of the total number of pay-TV subscribers and 15 operators with more than ten million paying subscribers. Subscription and PPV revenues for the 522 operators were $185 billion in 2016. From the total, 30 pay-TV operators earned more than $1 billion in revenues in 2016. The global TV revenue share for the top ten operators was 55% in 2016, with the top 50 operators taking three-quarters of the total.

The report also identified China Radio & TV as the world’s largest pay-TV operator, benefiting from its local government’s policy to consolidate cable TV. The company had 227 million subs at the of end-2016 – more than the next 11 operators combined. Despite such huge numbers by companies like China Radio & TV, the report noted that with low ARPUs, Asia Pacific’s top operators are much less prominent in the subscription and PPV revenue rankings. This is where the US companies come to the fore – with six of the top ten in 2016.

Commenting on the report, Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “China’s and India’s dominance of the top pay-TV operator rankings is increasing, partly as their subs bases climb but also due to US operators losing subscribers.”