Brazilian pay TV stops subscriber drop in February

The Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) reported today figures for the country’s pay TV market in February. According to what the regulator officially informed, Brazil recorded a 90,700 subscribers lost, less than half of the 220 thousand it had lost in January, and ended February with 15.47 million clients. These figures do not reflect the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, which began to take place worldwide in March.

The figure is below the subscriber loss recorded in December (140 thousand), and November (127,600). In fact, numbers reported by Anatel reflects the fewer pay TV subscribers lost since February 2019.

According to the report made by the Brazilian regulator, Oi TV recorded almost 6 thousand more subscribers compared to January, and ended February with 1.508 million subscribers. Claro Brazil lost 60 thousand clients, and ended the second month of 2020 with 7.63 million subscribers. At the same time, the operator had the biggest drop in the DTH sector, where it recorded 37 thousand fewer subscribers and totaled 1.12 million in February, in addition to a loss of 23 thousand clients on its cable operations, where it currently concentrates 6.5 million subscribers.

Anatel’s report also highlights that Sky lost 53.600 clients in February, and ended the month with 4.58 million subscribers. In addition, Vivo TV (the brand under which Telefonica operations in Brazil are known) lost 11 thousand subscribers, and ended February with 1.29 million clients on its pay TV base. Anatel also reported that small Brazilian operators made an increase of 30 thousand subscribers last month.