The worldwide television subscriber base increased by close to four million in the second quarter of 2015.
According to the informitv Multiscreen Index of the 100 leading pay-television services the total number of subscribers rose by 3.94 million or just over 1% over the quarter. 54 of the 100 services in the index reported net subscriber gains, although many of these were marginal.
Operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa reported the greatest number of gains, accounting for 2.35 million digital television subscribers between them.
The majority of operators in the United States lost subscribers, however there was still an overall increase across North, Central and South America of 0.23 million. Cable companies gained the most subscribers, adding 1.82 million worldwide, with satellite and telcos each adding just over a million.
The Multiscreen Tracker of ten leading multiscreen services gained 0.48 million customers over the quarter and 2.65 million over a year.
“While many services in the United States lost television customers, the worldwide trend shown by our regular report is of organic subscriber growth of around 1% a quarter,” said Dr William Cooper, the editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index.
“We also expect consolidation to continue as service providers achieve growth through economies of scale.”
The Multiscreen Index now represents over 380 million digital television subscribers, compared to around 340 million for the previous year. The increase is a result of both organic growth and corporate consolidation drawing more subscribers into the index of 100 services.