Pay-TV grows steadily in Brazil

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Brazil rose 3% in the first quarter of this year to reach 16.8mn subscribers, with satellite retaining its dominant lead, according to the country’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel).

Satellite and cable TV providers both saw small increases in their subscriber bases, while MMDS operators saw a significant fall in their customer base of around 25% during the period.

IPTV remains a young technology in Brazil, with tests only recently carried out by telecoms operators Vivo and Oi, but consultancy Dataxis predicts that there will be 4mn IPTV subscribers in the country by 2017.

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