MENA pay TV revenues set to jump 83%

Pay TV revenues in the Middle East and North Africa are set to climb by more than 83% between 2010 and 2020, according to new stats from Digital TV Research.

The Digital TV Middle East & North Africa Forecasts report claims that total pay TV revenues in this region will climb from US$3 billion in 2010 to US$5.6 billion in 2020, with satellite expected to remain the dominant TV platform.

Satellite TV revenues are tipped to reach $3.7 billion in 2020, up from US$2.8 billion in 2013 and nearly double the 2010 total. However, as a share of total pay TV revenues, it is expected to take two-thirds of the 2020 total, similar to its 2013 proportion.

IPTV revenue in the region is expected to see the biggest proportional increase, rising from just US$88 million in 2010 to US$983 million in 2020, while analogue cable TV revenues are tipped to fall from US$426 million to US$28 million over the same period.

In terms of country breakdown, Turkey and Israel are expected to contribute 52% of the MENA region’s pay TV revenues in 2020.

“From the US$1.5 billion pay TV revenues to be added between 2013 and 2020, Turkey will supply US$359 million, Egypt US$362 million and Saudi Arabia US$257 million,” according to the report. “Revenues in Israel will fall by US$56 million over this period due to greater competition.”

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