Despite adding 84 million subscribers between 2017 and 2023, subscription and PPV revenues for the world’s top 517 pay TV operators will fall by $18 billion to $183 billion.
From the total, 29 pay TV operators earned more than $1 billion in revenues in 2017, but this total will drop to 25 by 2023.
About $20 billion of the revenue losses will fall to the top 10 players; bringing their total down to $87 billion. The pay TV revenue share for the top 10 operators will fall from 53% in 2017 to 48% in 2023.
All of the top 10 operators in 2017 will lose revenues over the next five years. In fact, 168 of the 517 operators (32%) covered in the Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts report will lose subscription and PPV revenues between 2017 and 2023.
Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “The good news is that 15 operators will add more than $100 million between 2017 and 2023, with China Telecom up by $1.4 billion. However, five operators, including four from the US, will lose more than $1 billion in revenues. Seven of the top 10 losers will be in the US.”
Pay TV subscriptions for 517 operators with 747 platforms [132 digital cable, 126 analogue cable, 286 satellite, 137 IPTV and 66 DTT] across 135 countries covered in the report will increase from a collective 880 million in 2017 to 967 million by 2023. These operators took 87% of the 1,006 million global subscribers by end-2017, with this level expected to inch up to 88% of the 1,100 million total by 2023.