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Latin America Pay TV Forecasts

Published by Digital TV Research Product code 991864
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Latin America Pay TV Forecasts
Published: March 4, 2021 Content info: 186 Pages

Latin American pay TV to plateau

Poorly-performing economies have hit Latin American pay TV. The number of pay TV subscribers fell by 4 million in both 2019 and 2020. Venezuela dropped 2.4 million subscribers in 2020 alone, mainly due to DirecTV's withdrawal.

Across Latin America, the number of pay TV subscribers peaked at 72.2 million in 2017. The total fell to 64.6 million by 2020. A small improvement is expected after 2023, with the 2026 total at 65.1 million subscribers.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: "Brazil's low point will be 2022, with only a small improvement expected from then. The country peaked in 2014 with 19.6 million subscribers. We forecast 5.3 million fewer subscribers by 2026."

Mexico has more pay TV subscribers than Brazil despite having half as many TV households. Mexico has lost subscribers since its peak year of 2016 [20.9 million]. Mexico will not cross the 20 million subscriber mark again until 2026.

Across the region, digital cable overtook pay satellite TV in 2020. Digital cable will add 2.5 million subscribers between 2020 and 2026 to reach 31 million. Pay satellite TV will lose 3 million subs between 2020 and 2026 to total 25 million.

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Published in March 2021, this 186-page PDF, PowerPoint and excel report comes in three parts:

  • Insight: Detailed country-by-country analysis in a 66-page PDF document.
  • Outlook: Forecasts for 19 countries in a 42-page PowerPoint document full of charts, graphs and bullet points;
  • Excel workbook covering each year from 2010 to 2026 for 19 countries by household penetration, by pay TV subscribers, by pay TV revenues and by major operator. As well as summary tables by country and by platform;

Forecasts for the following 19 countries and 69 operators:

CountryNo of opsPlatform forecasts
Argentina 5 Cablevision; Supercanal; DirecTV; Telefonica; Claro
Bolivia 2 Tigo; Entel
Brazil 4 Claro; Telefonica/Vivo; Sky; Oi
Chile 6 VTR; Telefonica; Claro; DirecTV; Entel; Telsur
Colombia 5 Claro; UNE; ETB; DirecTV; Movistar
Costa Rica 5 Tigo; Cabletica; Claro; Sky; Telecable
Dominican Rep 3 Tricom; Claro; Sky
Ecuador 4 DirecTV; CNT; Claro; TV Cable
El Salvador 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Guatemala 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Honduras 3 Claro; Tigo; Sky
Mexico 5 Megacable; Televisa cable; Sky; Dish; TotalPlay
Nicaragua 3 Claro; Sky; Tigo
Panama 4 Claro; Sky; Cable & Wireless; Cable Onda
Paraguay 2 Tigo; Claro
Peru 3 Telefonica; Claro; DirecTV
Puerto Rico 4 Liberty; Claro; DirecTV; Dish
Uruguay 2 Cablevision; DirecTV
Venezuela 3 Intercable; Movistar; CANTV
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