According to Digital TV Research, only 55% of European pay-TV operators will add to subscribers between 2014 and 2020, due to greater rivalry from other pay-TV platforms or from multichannel TV services such as Netflix.
Total subscription and VOD revenues for the 66 operators will remain at around $29 billion. These operators account for about 92% of Western European pay TV revenues. Sky Europe –satellite TV subs only – will remain at the top of the revenues league, recording $10.5 billion subscription and VOD revenues by 2020.
Overall, pay-TV subscriptions for the 66 operators across 15 countries covered in the Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report will increase from a collective 82.0 million in 2010 to 93.1 million by 2020. Covering 98 platforms, these operators will continue to represent just under 90% of Western European pay TV subscribers.
The report also argues that Liberty Global’s top slot in Western Europe is under threat, with Sky Europe’s satellite subs figures expected to overtake its subscriber count in 2017.
Sky’s Principal Streaming Architect for Internet TV Ben Forman will be appearing at this year’s Content Delivery World (5th – 7th October, 2015, Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London)