Furthermore, according to the latest report by Digital TV Research, they will continue to fall slowly – to $2.52 billion in 2026. All told, 2026 revenues will be 23% lower than 2016.
Commenting on the findings of the report, Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Five countries will contribute 78% of the region’s pay-TV revenues in 2026. Turkey and Israel together will supply nearly half of the total. There are few winners. Eight of the 20 countries will lose revenues between 2020 and 2026.”
Turkish pay-TV revenues will reach $752 million in 2026; 17% lower than the peak year of 2016. However, the number of pay-TV subscribers will grow from 7.27 million in 2020 to 7.64 million in 2026.
Israel is experiencing cordcutting and will lose 28% of its pay-TV subs between 2020 to 2026. Digital TV Research forecasts that Israel’s pay-TV revenues will halve between 2016 and 2026. Beyond these figures, the country’s OTT sector will grow significantly.
Meanwhile, for the 13 Arabic-speaking countries, pay-TV revenues will remain at about $1 billion despite subscriber numbers increasing by 18% to 4 million.
For more information on the Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report, please contact: Simon Murray, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +44 20 8248 5051