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Pay-TV Still Growing Globally

Despite the surge in cord-cutting in North America, pay-TV is still a growing business around the world, according to a recent report from research company informitv.

In its latest Multiscreen Index, released last week, informitv found that pay-TV operators actually added more than 4 million subscribers globally in the last quarter of 2016. In fact, 61 of the 100 providers tracked by the index increased their video customer base in the fall, down a bit from 67 in the same period in 2015.

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Of course, this global increase came in the face of subscriber losses in North America. In the US, for instance, the top ten pay-TV providers collectively shed 162,000 subscribers in the final quarter of last year, according to the index, lower than other estimates. Instead, service providers in the Asia-Pacific region drove most of the growth, adding 2.36 million subscribers. (See Cord-Cutting Hits New Heights.)

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) also made notable contributions, picking up 1.72 million across the region. In particular, Canal Plus in Africa stood out, adding 516,000 customers -- the largest quarterly gain for any provider.

For more coverage and analysis of the Multiscreen Index, please check out our sister site, Telco Transformation.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

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