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The Pay-TV services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

The Pay-TV services in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

The introduction of IPTV to many operators portfolios in the Middle East and North Africa has changed the pay-TV landscape by posing a significant challenge to the incumbent satellite providers beIN and OSN. This report provides detailed 5-year forecasts of the region.


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Regional forecasts and cross-country comparison
Middle East and North Africa: revenue growth will be strong in both traditional and OTT to the TV segments
Emerging Asia–Pacific: bundling and piracy are some of the key factors that affect growth in the region
Middle East and North Africa: strong growth in IPTV will challenge the long-established dominance of regional satellite broadcasters
Middle East and North Africa: the popularity of illegal streaming will be a barrier to OTT adoption
MENA: IPTV subscriber share will increase and paid-for, OTT-to-the-TV penetration will be significant in certain countries only
Individual country forecasts
Oman: all access technologies will make gains as price competition and OTT bundling stimulate take-up
Qatar: the traditional pay-TV market is highly penetrated, but appetite for OTT is high – partnerships become important
Saudi Arabia: IPTV will account for 30% of traditional pay-TV services by 2022 – basic services bundled free with broadband
UAE: IPTV-based bundles from Etisalat and du will continue to dominate the market
Forecast methodology and assumptions
Our spend forecasts focus on linear and on-demand content to the TV set
Our definition of ‘OTT-video-to-the-TV’ services
About the author and Analysys Mason
Analysys Mason’s consulting and research are uniquely positioned

List of figures:

Figure 1: Pay-TV spend by service type and ASPU for traditional and OTT-to-the-TV-set services, Middle East and North Africa, 2013–2022
Figure 2: Pay-TV total spend and growth rates by service type, Middle East and North Africa, 2016–2022
Figure 3: Pay-TV connections and growth rates by type, Middle East and North Africa, 2016–2022
Figure 4: Selected factors that affect the take-up and value of pay-TV services in the Middle East and North Africa
Figure 5: Pay-TV connections and ASPU by access technology, Middle East and North Africa, 2013–2022
Figure 6: The number of traditional pay-TV connections as a percentage of the number of households, Middle East and North Africa countries, 2013–2022
Figure 7: The number of OTT to the TV set users as a percentage of the number of households, Middle East and North African countries, 2013–2022
Figure 8: Traditional pay-TV connections by technology and OTT video to the TV set users as a percentage of the number of households by country, MENA, 2022
Figure 9: Household penetration of pay TV by access technology, Oman, 2013–2022
Figure 10: Household penetration of pay TV by access technology, Qatar, 2014–2022
Figure 11: Household penetration of pay TV by access technology, Saudi Arabia, 2014–2022
Figure 12: Household penetration of pay TV by access technology, UAE, 2014–2022
Figure 13: Scope of our pay-TV spend forecasts
Figure 14: Definition of OTT video services to the TV

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