ACC CONVENTION – BUCHAREST. The number of subscribers to pay-TV services in Romania suffered an unexpected fall in the first half of this year.
Speaking in the opening session at this year’s ACC Convention, Catalin Marinescu, president National Authority for Communications (ANCOM), said that at the end of June there were 5.73 million receiving cable, DTH and IPTV services, compared to 5.82 million at the end of 2009.
He added that the number DTH subscribers over the period fell from 2.33 million to 2.26 million.
The total number of digital subscribers (cable, DTH and IPTV) meanwhile stood at 2.6 million at the end of H1, and of these 350,000 received digital cable services. This was 10% more than at the end of 2009.
Although take-up of IPTV services grew by 17% in the first six months of this year, it still only accounted for 0.2% of the pay-TV market at the end of June.