Piracy prevention methods boost MENA pay TV revenues

Television set tableThe Digital TV Middle East and North Africa report revealed that less than 15 per cent of TV households legally paid for TV signals by the end of last year. (Image source: Zufrieden)The number of pay TV homes in Middle East and North Africa will double between 2011 and 2018 to 16mn, according to a new report from Digital TV Research

The study covered the 16 most advanced countries in MENA, which in total represented 67mn households.

“Legitimate pay TV revenues for the 16 countries covered in the report will grow by more than 42 per cent between 2012 and 2018 to US$4.76bn. Turkey accounts for more than half of the total,” said report writer, Simon Murray.

The third issue of the Digital TV Middle East and North Africa report revealed that less than 15 per cent of TV households legally paid for TV signals by the end of last year.

DTH will continue to take control of Pay TV revenues taking 71 per cent of the 2018 total.

DTH revenues will be US$3.39bn in 2018, more than double the 2008 total.

Regional pay DTH penetration will steadily rise from 6.2 per cent in 2008 to 13.7 per cent in 2018, with subscriber numbers rising from 3.9mn to 10.1mn.

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