Television
South Africa

In the recent years, traditional pay TV service providers have had to cope with a surging competition from digital players, and to adapt to the ever changing behaviours and needs of their consumers. This often translated into a strengthen effort put on the flexibility and mobility enabled by OTT distribution. Indeed, the OTT adoption seems to be increasingly seen as an opportunity rather than a threat to the pay TV industry, but this finding isn’t observed in all countries. If the pay TV services remain the main way of accessing premium content in many countries, in others the changes in viewing patterns have led to the domination of on-demand services, in a context of TV penetration decrease.

The global TV penetration continues to increase globally, reaching 80% in 2020, although strong discrepancies remain between markets. OTT viewing has become a mainstream behaviour in the most advanced countries, and this evolution affected pay TV operators’ strategies and results in terms of subscribers, revenues, business model and average revenue per user. The challenges differ depending on the distribution specificities of each player, distributing their services through satellite (DTH, Direct-to-home), cable, IPTV, or MMDS for instance. This module digs into the actors, regions and countries’ specificities and provides an understanding of the trends that will be shaping the industry in the coming years. The results of pay TV operators are scrutinized to understand the evolution of market positions, earnings and to assess the evolution of actors’ strategies.

It also includes a detailed analysis of Free-to-air (FTA) distribution, which constitutes an substantial part of the reception in a number of countries, and this reflects in the FTA broadcasters’ revenues, split between advertising revenues and public funding in the reports.

Operational data by TV access and operator are completed by extended information on the value added services deployed, such as the definition (analogue, SD, HD and 4K or UHD) and the installed base of DVR and nPVR set-top-boxes (STB).

From free-to-air broadcasters to pay TV operators, the complete traditional TV industry is tracked worldwide with a range of detailed quarterly data by country and operator split by technology access (DTH, DTT, cable, IPTV, MMDS, AppTV). The market coverage is completed by detailed information on TV advanced functionalities and on free-to-air markets’ economy. To better understand the dynamics underlying each market, we provide annual forecasts and demographic indicators to follow the future market trends and new services penetration.

Graphics and visualization tools enable to grasp the market dynamics from first sight. Full data history and forecasts are summarized in downloadable tables, PDF or PPT.

The Television industry in South Africa

South Africa is the biggest TV market in Africa in terms of revenues. TV sets have been well implemented among households for a few years now and it reached 84% in 2019. A little over half of the homes receive pay TV services and this figure has been increasing over the years. The local giant actor MultiChoice captures virtually 100% of the pay TV market with a premium programming that includes international entertainment, local drama, and broadcasting rights to major sports competitions. Alongside, niche pay TV players and free-to-air broadcasters are struggling to find their place, although OTT initiatives have been noticeable over the past three years. The migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) has been in progress since 2017, when the digital signal was switched on. The households still need to be massively equipped with digital boxes before the analogue signal could be turned off in an intelligible way.

Population: 58.28M
Population density: 30.37/KM2
Number of households: 16.89M
Average households size: 3.45
Surface area: 1.92 M KM2
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