Telefónica takes the lead in pay TV subscribers in Spain

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 
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Spain’s Markets and Competition Commission (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia – CNMC) has published telecommunications and audiovisual statistics for the country for the fourth quarter of 2014.

In the quarter, total pay TV subscribers rose by 350,000 to pass the 5 million mark for the first time, driven once again almost entirely by growth in IPTV subscribers. Year-on-year, the market grew by 1.2 million subscribers, with Telefónica (Movistar TV) overtaking DTS (Canal+) to become the pay TV leader, adding 1.14 million over the preceding 12 months. IPTV is now the largest pay TV segment in terms of subscriber numbers in Spain.

Pay TV subscribers by technology:

                IV/2013     I/2014    II/2014   III/2014    IV/2014  Δ Q-o-Q    Δ Y-o-Y  Δ Y-o-Y
              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  ---------  -------
IPTV            817,154    947,748  1,296,592  1,665,765  1,990,972  325,207  1,173,818   143.6%
Satellite     1,620,632  1,631,607  1,597,311  1,580,313  1,553,010  -27,303    -67,622    -4.2%
Cable         1,142,015  1,128,605  1,141,636  1,131,062  1,141,008    9,946     -1,007    -0.1%
DTT             237,178    232,084    247,153    237,900    231,406   -6,494     -5,772    -2.4%
Others           28,399     29,779     26,664     94,532    143,575   49,043    115,176   405.6%
Mobile TV       117,957    118,474     49,028     48,465     42,925   -5,540    -75,032   -63.6%
              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  ---------  -------
TOTAL         3,845,378  3,969,823  4,309,356  4,709,572  5,059,971  350,399  1,214,593    31.6%

Pay TV subscribers by provider:

                IV/2013     I/2014    II/2014   III/2014    IV/2014  Δ Q-o-Q    Δ Y-o-Y  Δ Y-o-Y
              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  ---------  -------
Telefónica      741,126    861,252  1,205,797  1,576,779  1,881,457  304,678  1,140,331   153.9%
DTS (Canal+)  1,649,031  1,661,386  1,623,975  1,674,845  1,696,585   21,740     47,554     2.9%
Ono             789,895    781,850    777,667    775,144    783,887    8,743     -6,008    -0.8%
GolTV           237,178    232,084    247,153    237,900    231,406   -6,494     -5,772    -2.4%
TeleCable       125,953    127,424    128,109    128,910    129,891      981      3,938     3.1%
Euskaltel       106,768    102,154    120,970    113,222    110,399   -2,823      3,631     3.4%
Orange           76,028     86,496     90,795     88,986    109,515   20,529     33,487    44.0%
R                98,009     95,483     93,086     91,944     94,608    2,664     -3,401    -3.5%
Others           21,390     21,694     21,804     21,842     22,223      381        833     3.9%
              ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  -------  ---------  -------
Total         3,845,378  3,969,823  4,309,356  4,709,572  5,059,971  350,399  1,214,593    31.6%