According to figures reported by the Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Anatel) in Brazil, and quoted by the specialized website Telaviva, the pay TV market in that country ended March with just over 14.3 million subscribers. According to the entity, the country lost 198.5 thousand clients during the month, which was the most significant drop so far this year.
The figures show a significant acceleration in terms of subscribers drop compared to the same month of 2020, when the market fell just under 90 thousand subscribers. However, in all the months to 2021, the pay TV subscribers base lost more than 130 thousand customers.
The operator with the greatest loss of subscribers during March was Sky (AT&T), with 107 thousand fewer subscribers, ending March with 4.28 million customers. Claro (America Movil) also had a drop of 81.7 thousand subscribers, ending the month with 6.76 million accesses (being 800 thousand in DTH and 77 thousand in fiber). Vivo (Telefonica) also reported a drop of 10 thousand subscribers, ending March with 1.22 million (914 thousand are part of the company’s fiber base). Oi (Grupo Oi) was the only operator that managed to increase its subscriber base, reaching 1.72 million customers (an increase of 10 thousand subscribers in March), of which 96 thousand are fiber customers.