According to Dataxis recently published Q317 data, 60 million pay TV subscribers are added since Q316 to the global numbers. Asia-Pacific has the highest number of Pay TV subscribers accounting to 62% in Q317, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.5% between Q316-Q317.

The total Pay TV subscribers in Q317 have reached 1073 millions from 1013 millions in Q316, growing at a compound annual growth of 1.2%. Almost 80% of the world subscriber base is coming from Asia-Pacific and Europe. Africa and Middle-East though contributing only 3% to the world pay tv total numbers, are among the fastest growing regions, with 2.7% and 2.5%, respectively. North and Latin America have shown flat growth between Q316-Q317.

Dataxis believes that Linear OTT is showing some traction, growing at a CAGR of 13%, which is highest growth among all the reception types. Linear OTT is most popular in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa Middle-East. IPTV is the second highest growing reception type after Linear OTT, at a CAGR of 7%. Most of the IPTV subscribers are coming from Asia-Pacific and Europe.

CATV is showing downward trend in almost all the regions but still contributes more than 50% of the pay TV subscriber base worldwide. DTH and DTT is almost flat in terms of subscriber growth.

By Waseem Haider