UK's Pay-TV Market Climbs to $8.2 Billion by 2014

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Pay-TV revenue in the U.K. will climb from $6.2 billion in 2009 to $8.2 billion by 2014 as IPTV grows at an impressive CAGR of 26 percent within the forecast period, according to the latest report from Pyramid Research, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network.

Communications Markets in the United Kingdom offers a precise, incisive profile of the country’s converged telecommunications, media, and technology sectors based on proprietary data from our research in the U.K. market. The 30-page report provides detailed competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services, and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies such as WiMax, IPTV, and VoIP. This executive study provides a comprehensive view of the U.K. communications market by analyzing key trends, evaluating near-term opportunities, and assessing upcoming risks factors.

The U.K. communications market is one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic markets, expected to generate US$47.1 million in revenue for 2009. Like most mature European markets, the major sources of growth, in absolute revenue terms, are mobile data and fixed broadband, notes Andrei Tchadliev, analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. “However, it is expected that IPTV revenue will grow at a CAGR of 26 percent from $75 million in 2009 to $237 million in 2014, while triple-play packages surpass double play, both contributing to the overall growth in the pay-TV market.”

“The pay-TV market remains dominated by satellite provider Sky with close to 9.9 million subscriptions estimated for 2009, while IPTV remains concentrated to a small share of the market with only 4 percent of total pay-TV households choosing the service,” Tchadliev says. The breakup of Sky’s market control over exclusive sporting events, notably football and premier entertainment content, will likely result in an increase in the share of cable and IPTV as a percentage of pay-TV households.

Tchadliev adds that growth in pay-TV services will also be boosted by the growing popularity of multiplay packages on account of cost. “We believe that by 2013, triple-play services, namely fixed voice, broadband, and pay-TV, will overtake double play,” he says. “It is estimated that in 2009, close to 19.4 million households will have signed up for triple-play services, largely on account of the value the offer over stand-alone Internet, voice, mobile, and pay-TV packages.”

Communications Markets in the United Kingdom is part of Pyramid Research’s Western Europe Country Intelligence Report Series.