Pay TV in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2013

April 02, 2014  | Subscribers Only

Constantinos Papavassilopoulos Constantinos Papavassilopoulos Principal Research Analyst, Service Providers & Platforms
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Analysis of the Pay TV Landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Market, the platforms, the operators, the content offer, the new digital services and the HD channels that shape the market in this region. 

Highlights:

  • Pay TV has grown fourfold in the Middle East and North Africa over the last ten years
  • At the end of 2013, 4.3 million households in the region subscribed to at least one pay TV service
  • Satellite is the main form of reception, with BeIn Sports Arabia and OSN forming a virtual duopoly
  • IPTV has also developed rapidly, with high uptake of IPTV triple-play offers in the Gulf States
  • Satellite (free and pay) is the primary method of TV reception in 90% of TV households
  • Alongside piracy, the widespread free multichannel offer is one of the main obstacles to pay TV

List of tables and charts:

  • Pay TV subscriber numbers have grown almost four-fold in the last decade
  • FTA vs pay in MENA in 2013
  • Pay TV: slight but steady growth
  • Satellite vs IPTV in 2013 (as % of total pay TV HH)
  • OSN & BeIn Sports dominate satellite pay TV market
  • The FTA HD offer in MENA in 2013 is higher than the total HD offer in some countries
  • Pay TV operators split of pay TV HH in 2013
  • Pay TV subscribers by operator at the end of 2013
  • IPTV has quadrupled its market share over the last five years

Number of pages: 9

Number of charts and tables: 9

Constantinos Papavassilopoulos

Principal Research Analyst, Service Providers & Platforms

Mr. Constantinos Papavassiliopoulos, principal research analyst at IHS Markit, covers television market developments.

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