Brazil adds another 523 thousand DTH subscribers in 1Q 2013

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 
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According to Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel), the country’s pay TV subscriber base ended March 2013 at 16.8 million, with more than 3.1 million new subscribers being added over the preceding 12 months – an annual growth rate of 22.9%.

In the first quarter, 620 thousand new subscribers were added, with satellite once again taking the lion’s share with 523 thousand net additions. Satellite added 2.63 million in the year to March 2013, breaking the 10 million subscriber barrier in January.

Pay TV subscribers by technology:

                                                  2012        2013      Change      Change  
        ----------------------------------------------  ----------     1Q 2013     1Q 2013
                1Q          2Q          3Q          4Q          1Q  v, 4Q 2012  v, 1Q 2012
        ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
MMDS       217,729     189,658     163,895     142,113     101,289     -40,824    -116,440    
Cable    5,714,957   5,893,447   6,074,535   6,199,159   6,337,134     137,975     622,177
DTH      7,738,880   8,448,529   9,157,412   9,844,090  10,367,271     523,181   2,628,391
Others       3,841       3,549       3,593       3,595       3,580         -15        -261
        ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Total   13,675,407  14,535,183  15,399,435  16,188,957  16,809,274     620,317   3,133,867