DirecTV becomes Chile’s second pay TV operator


According to Q218 data from Chile’s Subsecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel), the pay TV market reached 3.35 million subscribers, up 3.8% from previous year. VTR remains as leader, followed by DirecTV, which moved Movistar to the third place.
At the end of Q218, DirecTV reported 690,184 subscribers (+10.2% YoY) and 20.6% of market share, while Movistar registered 679,232 pay TV clients (+2.8% YoY) and a 20.3% share. VTR ended June with 1.08 million subscribers (+1.8% YoY and 32.2% market share).
Subtel’s report shows that DirecTV replace Movistar in second position in February, after reaching 681,387 clients, while the Spanish company registered 675,844. One of DirecTV’s main attractions this year was the coverage of all games of the World Cup in Russia, an event that helped it boost the customer base.
“It is very good news for the industry that the number of subscribers is increasing and that DirecTV Chile has contributed to this growth with its programming offer, quality of service and state-of-the-art technology,” said Rosalía Vera, Manager of Corporate Affairs at DirecTV Chile.
Asked by El Mercurio, Movistar Chile’s Fixed Market Development Manager Javier Berenguela, said that the company “has maintained 20.3% of market during the last quarters, showing that it is still at the forefront of this line of business.”
Right behind the three main operators is Claro, which at the end of June had 397,862 subscribers (11.9% market share). Then there are Entel (4.5% market share), Pacífico Cable (3.4%), Telefónica del Sur (3.2%) and GTD (1%).
According to Subtel, the number of subscribers with wired access reached 1.66 million, up 3.7% when compared to Q217. Subscribers of DTH services grew by 4% in one year to 1.69 million.