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MENA pay TV revenues to fall $1.5bn by 2027, Digital TV Research forecasts

Pay TV revenues in 20 Middle Eastern and North African countries will fall by US$1.5bn between 2016 and 2027, according to UK analysis firm Digital TV Research.

This represents a 38% drop, from US$3.84bn in 2016 to US$2.39bn in 2027.

In the 13 Arabic-speaking countries, pay TV revenues will fall from US$1.57bn to US$915m over the same period, as subscriber numbers slide from 3.7 million to 3.1 million.

In Turkey, revenues will decrease by US$188m to US$722m, although subscriber numbers will grow from 5.9 million to 8.3 million, as subscribers pay less for their subscriptions.

In Israel, revenues will plummet from US$1.2bn in 2014 to US$437m by 2027, as cord cutting causes a 46% drop in subs over that period.

Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Pay TV has never had an easy ride in the MENA region. First was the battle with widespread piracy, next the Saudi Arabian government and others banned beIN for four years. Traditional pay TV subscribers are now converting to SVoD platforms.”

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