Global Pay TV Revenue Forecasts

May 2021


Global pay TV revenues for 138 countries peaked in 2016 at $201 billion. Revenues will fall to $143 billion in 2026 from $173 billion in 2020 - despite the number of pay TV subscribers rising by 15 million.

US pay TV revenues peaked at $104 billion in 2015. Its total will drop from $80 billion in 2020 to $57 billion in 2026. The US will still account for 40% of global revenues by 2026, although this is down from 52% in 2015.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Revenues will decline in 77 of the 138 countries between 2020 and 2026. The US will provide the most dramatic fall – by $23 billion.”

Global satellite TV revenues will drop by $16 billion, with digital cable down by $12 billion. Analog cable will lose a further $2 billion. IPTV won’t lose too much.

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