Latin America Pay TV Forecasts

March 2021


Poorly-performing economies hit Latin American pay TV. The number of pay TV subscribers fell by 4 million in both 2019 and 2020. Venezuela dropped 2.4 million subscribers in 2020 alone, mainly due to DirecTV’s withdrawal.

Across Latin America, the number of pay TV subscribers peaked at 72.2 million in 2017. The total fell to 64.6 million by 2020. A small improvement is expected after 2023, with the 2026 total at 65.1 million subscribers.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Brazil’s low point will be 2022, with only a small improvement expected from then. The country peaked in 2014 with 19.6 million subscribers. We forecast 5.3 million fewer subscribers by 2026.”

Mexico has more pay TV subscribers than Brazil despite having half as many TV households. Mexico has lost subscribers since its peak year of 2016 [20.9 million]. Mexico will not cross the 20 million subscriber mark again until 2026.

Published in March 2021, this 186-page PDF, PowerPoint and excel report comes in three parts:
• Insight: Detailed country-by-country analysis in a 66-page PDF document.
• Outlook: Forecasts for 19 countries in a 42-page PowerPoint document full of charts, graphs and bullet points;
• Excel workbook covering each year from 2010 to 2026 for 19 countries by household penetration, by pay TV subscribers, by pay TV revenues and by major operator. As well as summary tables by country and by platform;

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