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Dish TV, Hathway & Den amongst top 10 global Pay TV platforms

MUMBAI: Indian companies -- Dish TV, Hathway & Den Networks are amongst the top 10 global Pay TV platforms, according to the Global Pay TV Operator Databook from Digital TV Research. For the top 10 operators, the global TV revenue share was 55 per cent in 2016, with the leading 50 operators taking three-quarters of the total.

Despite high number of subscribers but low ARPUs, Asia Pacific’s top operators are much less prominent in the PPV and subscription rankings with respect to revenue. This is where the US companies were leading – with six among the top 10 in 2016.

Subscribers of Pay-TV for 522 operators reached a significant number -- 839 million in 2016 (that is, 87 per cent of the 959 million global subscribers).

In all, 50 leading operators accounted for two-thirds of the global Pay-TV subscribers by end-2016, Advanced Television reported. At that time, 10 million paying subscribers were using the services of 15 operators, according to the Databook.

Globally, China Radio & TV is the largest pay-TV operator with a huge gap. Chinese government policy to consolidate cable TV translated as China Radio becoming the globe's largest by 2016 -- accumulating 227 million subs.

Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray said that India and China’s dominance of the top pay-TV operator rankings had been increasing, as US operators lost subs and the two nations subscriber bases swelled.

PPV and subs revenues for the 522 operators were around Rs 11.9 trillion (US$185 billion) in 2016. Around 30 pay-TV operators earned more than Rs 64.5 billion (US$1 billion) revenue.

MUMBAI: Indian companies -- Dish TV, Hathway & Den Networks are amongst the top 10 global Pay TV platforms, according to the Global Pay TV Operator Databook from Digital TV Research. For the top 10 operators, the global TV revenue share was 55 per cent in 2016, with the leading 50 operators taking three-quarters of the total.

Despite high number of subscribers but low ARPUs, Asia Pacific’s top operators are much less prominent in the PPV and subscription rankings with respect to revenue. This is where the US companies were leading – with six among the top 10 in 2016.

Subscribers of Pay-TV for 522 operators reached a significant number -- 839 million in 2016 (that is, 87 per cent of the 959 million global subscribers).

In all, 50 leading operators accounted for two-thirds of the global Pay-TV subscribers by end-2016, Advanced Television reported. At that time, 10 million paying subscribers were using the services of 15 operators, according to the Databook.

Globally, China Radio & TV is the largest pay-TV operator with a huge gap. Chinese government policy to consolidate cable TV translated as China Radio becoming the globe's largest by 2016 -- accumulating 227 million subs.

Digital TV Research principal analyst Simon Murray said that India and China’s dominance of the top pay-TV operator rankings had been increasing, as US operators lost subs and the two nations subscriber bases swelled.

PPV and subs revenues for the 522 operators were around Rs 11.9 trillion (US$185 billion) in 2016. Around 30 pay-TV operators earned more than Rs 64.5 billion (US$1 billion) revenue.

Top 10 operators by subscribers (000)
Ranking Operator Country 2016
1 China Radio & TV (total) China 226,535
2 China Telecom (IPTV) China 52,038
3 BesTV (IPTV) China 26,019
4 AT&T (total) USA 25,065
5 Comcast (total) USA 22,508
6 Charter merged (total cable) USA 16,836
7 Dish TV (satellite) India 13,582
8 Hathway (total) India 13,300
9 Den Networks (total) India 13,000
10 DISH Network (satellite) USA 12,521
Source: Digital TV Research

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