Pay TV subscribers in Brazil fell 5% in 2017

After several months without official information, Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) released data on the pay TV market in the country. The subscriber base ended 2017 with 17.9 million, this is equivalent to an annual fall of 4.99% (close to 939,000 active contracts), and a drop of 0.70% from November (126,000 subscribers).
According to the data presented by the companies to the regulatory agency, only Oi and Sky increased their subscriber base in 2017. Oi recorded a growth of 205,000 users (+15.73%) and reached 1.5 million total pay TV subscribers, while Sky added about 110,000 customers (+2.09%) and registered 5.3 million.
In contrast, Claro Brasil (which includes Net and Claro) was the group that lost the most number of clients: about 724,000 contracts (-7.39%). Net ended 2017 with 7.1 million while DTH operator Claro closed the year with 1.9 million subs.
The rest of the operators also reported losses during the period. Vivo lost 131,000 pay TV customers (-7.67%) and registered a total base of 1.6 million. Algar Telecom reported 74,000 customers, a drop of 24,000 during the year. Nossa TV lost 3,000 users and reached 125,000.
The last time that the regulator had submitted the pay TV market report was in May 2017. In October last year, Anatel’s press office informed NexTV News that the agency was making improvements to internal procedures, which led to delays in the submission of reports.