The number of pay TV homes in Middle East and North Africa
will double between 2011 and 2018 to 16 million, according
to a new report from Digital TV Research.
third edition of the Digital TV Middle East and North Africa
report forecasts that fewer than 15 per cent of TV households
(analogue and digital) legitimately paid for TV signals by
end-2012. This proportion will climb to 21.6 per cent by 2018.
author Simon Murray said: Legitimate pay TV revenues
for the 16 countries covered in the report] will grow by more
than 42 per cent between 2012 and 2018 to $4.76 billion. Turkey
accounts for more than half of the total.
will continue to dominate pay TV revenues, taking 71 per cent
of the 2018 total (similar to the 2012 proportion). DTH revenues
will be $3.39 billion in 2018, up by more than $1 billion
on 2012 and more than double the 2008 total. Turkey will account
for $1,952 million of the 2018 total (almost quadruple its
2008 total). Regional pay DTH penetration will gradually climb
from 6.2 per cent in 2008 to 13.7 per cent in 2018, with subscriber
numbers rocketing from 3.9 million to 10.1 million.