Satellite TV subscribers pass the 1 million mark in Chile

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 
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Chile’s Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has released pay TV statistics to the end of March 2013. From the end of March 2012, satellite subscribers increased from 943,844 to 1,039,535 (up 10.1%) whereas wired (cable TV and IPTV) subscribers only grew from 1,162,383 to 1,205,918 (up 3.7%), giving a total for the country of 2.245 million, up 4.5% year-on-year.

DIRECTV was the fastest growing service adding 27% to its subscriber total over the preceding 12 months.

Pay TV subscribers:

                               Mar-12     Jun-12     Sep-12     Dec-12     Mar-13
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Operator
 VTR Telefónica S.A.          914,223    917,750    912,153    926,047    948,586
 Telefónica Multimedia        395,157    402,535    402,668    418,292    435,641
 Claro Comunicaciones S.A.    409,203    403,742    371,710    383,617    405,312
 DIRECTV Chile Ltda.          246,587    255,689    244,496    284,687    313,528
 Telefónica del Sur            51,561     52,460     54,123     56,905     60,099
 PACIFICO CABLE S.A.           55,329     57,890     58,905     61,178     52,412
 GTD IMAGEN S.A.               14,227     14,786     14,903     15,810     17,257
 Cable Central                 10,157     10,172      9,797      9,828      9,961
 TU VES S.A.                    9,783      6,574      4,589      3,615      2,657
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Connection type
 Wired (IPTV/Cable)         1,162,383  1,168,831  1,159,513  1,177,637  1,205,918
 Satellite                    943,844    952,767    913,831    982,342  1,039,535
                            ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Total                       2,106,227  2,121,598  2,073,344  2,159,979  2,245,453