Brazil lost 729,000 pay TV subscribers in one year

According to data published by Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), the pay TV market registered 17.9 million in January 2018, which represented a loss of 729,000 clients (-3.90%) when compared to the same month of previous year, and close to 30,000 (-0.16%) compared to December 2017.
Claro group, which includes the operations of Net and DTH system Claro TV, recorded a loss of 829,400 subscribers in the past year, and ended January with a total base of 9 million subscribers. In turn, Sky (AT &T) increased its base by 2.68% compared to January 2017 and reached 5.4 million customers.
Vivo (Telefónica) ranked second, right behind Claro, among the companies that lost most subscribers. Its pay TV base reduced by 6.64% in the past year, representing a loss of 112,000 clients. This decrease was driven by the DTH service, as the company’s IPTV continues to grow in subscribers as part of a strategy focused on higher value products. On the other hand, Brazilian company Oi ended January with 1.5 million pay TV subscribers (+15.3% yoy), after adding about 201,000 new subscribers.