APAC pay-TV providers forecast to see revenue, subscription gains

Asia’s top 68 pay-TV operators are forecast to see subscriptions increase to 535 million by 2020, an increase of 74% from 376 million in 2014, making up 83% of the regions pay-TV market.

China Radio & TV, which had 197,9 million subs in 2014 is forecast to pass a quarter billion by 2020, by far the largest operator in the world. China Telecom at 27.99 million, BesTV (China) at 25.12 million, Hathaway (India) at 20.11 million and Dish TV (India) at 19.39 million are expected to round out the Top 5, reports Digital TV Research in its Asia Pacific Pay TV Operator Forecast.

China Radio & TV will soon represent every cable TV home in China, with 252 million subscribers expected by 2020 – up by nearly 54 million on 2014.

But not all of the region’s cable operators are forecast to see growth.

Korea’s CJ Hellovision will lose 827,000 subscribers over the same period; another eight operators are expected to also see subscriber decreases.

DTVR said it expects subscription and VOD revenues to top $33 billion by 2020 for the 68 operators covered, more than 3X current revenues.

When ranked by revenues forecast for 2020, China Radio & TV, at $8.92 billion will continue to be the top operator, but Australia’s Foxtel, despite an anticipated $500 million revenue decline from 2014, will remain second at $2.32 billion, Japan’s J:Com stays third at $2.04 billion, and NTT maintains its standing in fourth place at $1.55 billion. Malaysia’s Astro remains the fifth largest operator in terms of subscription and VOD revenue at $1.23 billion.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn