LONDON: Digital TV Research forecasts that the Asia Pacific will see 666 million pay-TV subscribers by 2022, with China and India collectively accounting for 80 percent of that total.
China will add 40 million subs between 2016 and 2022, with India bringing in an additional 30 million. However, 5 of the 22 countries covered in the Asia Pacific Pay TV Forecasts report will lose subs between 2016 and 2022.
Together China, India and Japan will account for more than two-thirds of the region’s $40.13 billion pay-TV revenues by 2022. Pay-TV revenue is forecast to increase by $5.75 billion between 2016 and 2022. India will contribute $3.25 billion to the additional revenues, with China bringing in $1.1 billion more. Pay-TV revenues will double in Bangladesh and Myanmar, but will fall in six other countries.
Digital cable will supply 72 million of the 92 million pay-TV subscriber additions between 2016 and 2022. Analog cable subscriptions, however, will fall by 70 million, leaving cable nearly flat overall. IPTV will contribute in an extra 57 million subs, with pay satellite TV up by 32 million.