Pay-TV in Mexico totaled 750,000 new subscribers and grew 13% in 4Q 2015


According to the 2015 Fourth Quarterly Statistical Report by the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) of Mexico, 18.2 million Pay-TV subscribers were recorded in that country, representing an increase of 13% compared to 4Q 2014. It reached a household penetration of 56% and from September to December totaled 750,000 new subscribers.


Wireless television (DTH, IPTV and microwave) accounted for 57.1% of the market while Cable TV had 42.9%. Regarding operators, Televisa Group was largely dominant with 60.2% of the market share, distributed in its different brands: Sky (joint-venture with AT&T) had 38.1%, Cablemas 6.7%, Cablevision 5.4%, Cablecom 4.3%, TVI 3% and Cablevision Red 2.7%. On the other hand, Dish-MVS had 16.8%, Megacable 15.6%, and other smaller operators 7.4%.


According to the IFT, investments in fixed telecommunications (TV, internet and telephony) at the end of 2015 stood at USD 2.5 billion, i.e. almost 50% above the observed at the end of last year. The total income average index showed an annual growth rate of 30.4% for the Pay-TV channel programming production subsector, which in the last five years has shown growth at an average annual rate of 19%.