Brazil recorded 16.3 million pay TV accesses in August and continues to lose subscribers

Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) officially reported that the country had 16,346,446 households with access to pay TV services in August. The regulator informed that there was a 1,505,120 subscribers decrease compared with the same month 2018. (-8,43%).

Almost half of Brazilian households got their pay-TV service from Claro (Net), which recorded 8,071,921 subscribers and concentrated 49.38% of the country’s pay-TV market. Sky ranked second, with 4,890,307 customers (29.9% of the market), followed by Oi, with 1,555,956 subscribers (9.51%) and Telefonica -which operates in Brazil under the Vivo brand-, with 1,408,520 subscribers (8.61%).

All the already mentioned operators recorded a decrease in their subscribers base in August 2019, in relation to the same month 2018. Claro recorded 820,627 fewer customers (-9.23%), and Sky lost 322,085 subscribers (-6.18%) . According to the Tela Viva specialized website, in Claro’s case, on its DTH operations, with 1.35 million subscribers, it lost 31.4 thousand customers, while on its cable operations, with 6.7 million customers , the company lost 57 thousand customers in August. Tela Viva also reported that Oi TV lost 16 thousand customers and Vivo TV registered 26 thousand subscribers less.

Anatel also reported that San Pablo was the Brazilian state with the highest pay TV subscribers number in August, with 6,073,510 customers, while Roraima had the lowest subscriptions number, with 15,762 customers.