Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts
Legitimate pay TV revenues will reach $4.12 billion for 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022, up by 17% from $3.52 billion in 2016. Five countries will contribute more than three-quarters of the region’s pay TV revenues in 2022.
The number of pay TV homes will increase by nearly 5 million between 2015 and 2022 to 19.52 million. About 18.7% of TV households paid for TV signals by end-2016, which will climb to 22.2% by 2022.
Digiturk will remain the region’s pay TV operator leader in subscriber terms - by some distance. Second-placed beIN formally acquired Digiturk in September 2016.
beIN is forecast to have 1.67 million satellite TV subscribers by 2022 – ahead of OSN’s 1.50 million [so excluding subscribers to their channels on other platforms such as IPTV and cable]. beIN will overtake OSN in 2019.
However, OSN is the largest pay TV operator when measured in revenue terms. OSN’s packages are expensive even compared with the most developed countries.
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