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Global pay-TV subs predicted to reach 1.06 billion by 2025

IPTV predicted to add 84 million subscribers between 2019 and 2025

The amount of subscribers to pay-TV platforms is set to hit 1.06 billion globally by 2025.

Digital TV Research said based on its forecasts for 138 countries, the number of pay-TV subscribers passed 1 billion in 2018. 

The analysts say IPTV will be the big winner, adding 84 million subscribers between 2019 and 2025, to take its total to 391 million. IPTV’s share of pay-TV subscribers will increase from 30 per cent in 2019 to 37% per cent in 2025. 

Satellite TV is predicted to lose 4 million subscribers between 2019 and 2025, generating 20 per cent of pay-TV subscribers by 2025; down slightly from 21 per cent in 2019. 

Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Our forecasts are based on the assumption that professional sports will restart in August following relaxations in the Covid 19 lockdown. If this does not happen, then pay TV will experience considerable churn.”