Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cord-cutting? Said who? Global pay-TV gain 4 million subscribers in second quarter of 2015 with Europe and Africa reporting the greatest growth.

The top 100 pay-TV operators in the world according to a new index has added nearly 4 million pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter of this year - and pay-TV services in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region known as EMEA added the most of those.

According to informitv's Multiscreen Index, pay-TV operators in the EMEA region added 2.35 million subscribers.

Despite the acceleration of so-called "cord-cutting" in North America - pay-TV subscribers cancelling their subscriptions or replacing traditional pay-TV services with other over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix - there was an overall gain of 230 pay-TV subscribers across the North America, Central America and South America region.

In addition 75 of the 100 top pay-TV operators now offer some form of multiscreen access on screens in addition to the traditional TV set - like a a phone or tablet, computer or other network-connected device.

"While many services in the United States lost television customers, the worldwide trend shown by our regular report is of organic subscriber growth of around 1 percent a quarter," says Dr. William Cooper, the editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index. "We also expect consolidation to continue as service providers achieve growth through economies of scale".