Third quarter of 2017 ends with 1.073BN pay-TV subs | Pay-TV | News | Rapid TV News
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Research from Dataxis has found that the global pay-TV industry added 60 million subscribers during Q3 2017.

dataxis payTV 11Jan2018This means that the total pay-TV sector amounted to 1.073 billion subscribers, a compound annual growth of 1.2%. The Dataxis survey noted that almost four-fifths of the world subscriber base was coming from the Asia Pacific and Europe, with the former region containing the highest number of pay-TV subscribers. Indeed, the Asia Pacific accounted for 62% in Q317, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.5% between Q316 and Q317.

Even though Africa and the Middle East were among the fastest growing regions, they only contributed 3% to the total world pay-TV numbers, with 2.7% and 2.5% respectively. North and Latin America showed flat growth between Q316 and Q317.

Examining pay-TV reception modes, Dataxis showed that linear over-the-top (OTT) services were showing some traction, growing at a CAGR of 13%, the highest growth among all the reception types.

Linear OTT was most popular in the Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa Middle East. IPTV was the second highest growing reception type after linear OTT, at a CAGR of 7%. Most of the IPTV subscribers came from the Asia Pacific and Europe.

By contrast, cable TV showed a downward trend in almost all the regions but still contributed more than half of the worldwide pay-TV subscriber base. Both DTH and DTT were almost flat in terms of subscriber growth.