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Telefónica sees more IPTV subs jump ship

Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica continues losing IPTV subscribers in its home market, with 122,000 of them deserting over the course of 2012, bringing its Spanish IPTV customer base to 712,000.

The telco – which is planning a “top to bottom” overhaul of its IPTV service this year, according to reports – did however see a small 4% increase in IPTV subs in the Czech Republic (reaching 141,000).

In Latin America the picture is a bit brighter still, with modest pay-TV growth of 7% for the year: its customer base in Chile grew 8% to reach 424,000, while in Peru it rose 13% to reach 902,000.

Latin America consolidated its position as the region which contributes the most to Telefónica’s overall revenues, providing more than 50% of the fourth quarter total for example.

Total revenues across all operations and markets reached €62.3bn for 2012, down less than 1% from 2011, while net profits fell 27% to reach €3.9bn.

Editor’s view: Telefónica needs to act fast to shore up its IPTV base: the company is currently developing a Global Video Platform with Microsoft that will deliver new TV services to a range of consumer devices, and simplify back-end operations, although whether this is enough to right the ship is another matter.

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