Africa to add 12 million pay TV subscribers by 2029

Monday, January 8th, 2024 
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Africa to add 12 million pay TV subs

The number of pay TV subscribers in Africa will climb by 12 million between 2023 and 2029. This means an extra 7 million pay satellite TV subscribers and 5 million more pay DTT homes.

Africa - Pay-TV subscribers by country - Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, Others - 2029

The pay total will reach 55 million by 2029, with satellite TV contributing 33 million and DTT 21 million. From the 43 million pay TV subscribers at end-2023, 26 million were satellite TV and 16 million DTT.

Four countries will supply nearly half of the pay TV subscriber total by 2029 and eight countries will account for two-thirds of the total. Nigeria will provide 10 million subscribers – having overtaken South Africa in 2022.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Despite a recent slowdown in new subscriptions, Africa still has plenty of pay TV potential. Between 2023 and 2029, 27 million TV households to be added – taking the total 130 million.”

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