Pay-TV revenues in Spain were adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the first quarter.
Data published by the regulator CNMC shows that those for IPTV, the most popular technology, amounted to €400 million, or 1.2% less than a year earlier. Second placed satellite TV, on the other hand, saw its total fall by 23% to €80.8 million and third placed cable by 6.6% to €40.7 million.
Online TV revenues nevertheless increased sharply, from €12.4 million in Q1 2019 to €28 million in the first quarter this year.
As of Q1, the total number of pay-TV subscribers stood at 7.8 million, with IPTV (fibre and xDSL) accounting for 4.7 million and cable 1.3 million subscribers.
CNMC also notes that TV ad revenues in Q1 were, at €392.4 million, 9.5% lower than a year earlier. Meanwhile, average TV viewing per day rose by 20 minutes to 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Although FTA DTT continued to decline in popularity, it still accounted for 75.1% of viewing in Q1. Cable and IPTV claimed 23.2% and DTH 1.7%.