The top 50 operators accounted for 46% of the world’s pay-TV subscribers by the end of 2019.
Two-thirds of the world’s pay-TV operators will gain subscribers between 2019 and 2025. Covering 502 operators across 135 countries, the Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report estimates that 59% will also increase their revenues for the same period.
The top 50 operators accounted for 46% of the world’s pay-TV subscribers by the end of 2019. However, the top 10 will lose subscribers over the next five years, with the next 40 operators flat. Operators beyond these positions will gain subscribers.
Commenting on the report, Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “By end-2019, 13 operators had more than 10m paying subscribers. This will reach 14 operators by 2025.”
Eight operators will add more than 1m subscribers between 2019 and 2025. China Unicom will win the most subs (19.96m), followed by China Telecom (18.52m). Eight operators will lose 1m or more subscribers between 2019 and 2025, led by China Radio and TV with a 37m loss. The next five to lose will all be from the US.
The Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report covers 502 operators with 732 platforms across 135 countries.