Pay TV Market Size, Industry Analysis Report By Type (Cable TV, Satellite TV, IPTV), By Application (Residential, Commercial) & Region – Forecasts

  • 16/08/2022
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  • Information Communication & Technology

Market Overview

The global Pay TV market was valued at USD 246.51 billion in 2022 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.8% during the forecast period. Pay TV refers to television services that require viewers to pay a subscription fee or purchase individual programs to access the content. It is a business model that allows viewers to access premium content such as movies, sports, and TV series that are not available on free-to-air television.

The pay TV industry has been evolving rapidly over the past few years with the rise of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. These services offer on-demand content that can be accessed at any time, without the need for a cable or satellite subscription.

Traditional pay TV providers, such as cable and satellite companies, have also been adapting to this changing landscape by offering their own streaming services and improving their user interfaces to make it easier for customers to access content.

The pay TV industry has faced some challenges in recent years, including cord-cutting, which refers to customers canceling their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of streaming services. This has led to a decline in pay TV subscriptions and revenue for traditional providers.

However, there are still many consumers who prefer the convenience and variety offered by pay TV services, particularly for live sports and news coverage. As a result, the industry continues to be a major player in the media and entertainment landscape.

Overall, the pay TV industry is expected to continue to evolve as technology and consumer preferences change. The emergence of new technologies such as 5G and the increasing availability of high-speed internet is likely to further disrupt the industry and create new opportunities for providers to deliver content to consumers.

Pay TV providers are known for their ability to offer high-quality content, including live sports events, movies, TV series, and news coverage. Consumers are willing to pay for access to this content, which can be difficult or impossible to find on free-to-air television.

Pay TV services offer convenience, as consumers can access a wide range of content on-demand, from the comfort of their own homes. This is particularly appealing in the age of COVID-19, where more people are spending time at home.

Pay TV services can be expensive, especially when compared to free-to-air television or streaming services. This can be a major barrier to entry for some consumers, who may not be willing or able to pay for access to premium content.

The rise of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ has disrupted the pay TV industry. Many consumers are choosing to cut the cord and switch to streaming services, which offer more flexibility and lower costs.

Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market Size in 2023

USD 248.44 Billion

Market Forecast in 2031

USD 285.10 Billion

CAGR % 2023-2031


Base Year


Historic Data


Forecast Period


Report USP

Production, Consumption, company share, company heatmap, company production capacity, growth factors and more

Segments Covered

By Type (Cable TV, Satellite TV, IPTV), By Application (Residential, Commercial)

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, APAC, South America and Middle East and Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Benelux; Nordic Countries; Russia; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Indonesia; Thailand; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Egypt; South Africa; Nigeria

Key Companies

DIRECTV, DISH Network Corporation, Carter Communications, Foxtel, Comcast Corporation, AT&T Inc., Sky plc, Liberty Global plc, China Central Television (CCTV), Nippon Television Network Corporation



Impact of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a mixed impact on the pay TV industry. On one hand, the increased time spent at home due to lockdowns and social distancing measures has led to an increase in demand for home entertainment, including pay TV services. Many people have turned to pay TV for live sports events, news coverage, and access to a wide range of content.

On the other hand, the pandemic has also led to economic challenges for many households, which has impacted their ability to pay for pay TV subscriptions. Many consumers have been forced to cut back on their spending, including their entertainment budgets, which has resulted in a decline in pay TV subscriptions and revenue for some providers.

Furthermore, the pandemic has accelerated the shift towards streaming services as people spend more time at home and look for flexible, on-demand entertainment options. This has further challenged the pay TV industry, as more and more consumers opt for streaming services instead of traditional pay TV.

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a mixed impact on the pay TV industry, with increased demand for home entertainment offset by economic challenges and competition from streaming services. Providers are likely to continue to adapt and innovate to meet changing consumer needs and preferences in this evolving landscape.

Type Insights

Cable TV: Cable TV has been a popular choice for decades and has a significant market share. However, it has been losing ground to other types of services, such as IPTV and streaming services, in recent years.

Satellite TV: Satellite TV has also been popular for many years and has a strong foothold in rural areas where cable infrastructure is limited. However, like cable TV, it has been losing subscribers to other types of services.

IPTV: IPTV is a newer technology that allows TV signals to be delivered over the internet. It has been gaining popularity in recent years, particularly in areas where traditional pay TV services are limited. It offers advantages such as on-demand content, lower costs, and greater flexibility.

Application Insights

Residential: Residential customers are individual households that subscribe to pay TV services for personal use. This is the largest application segment for pay TV services, and it includes a wide range of customers from various demographics. The growth of streaming services and the trend towards cord-cutting have impacted this segment the most, with many customers opting for streaming services instead of traditional pay TV services.

Commercial: The commercial application segment includes businesses, hotels, hospitals, and other public places that offer pay TV services for their customers or patrons. This segment has remained relatively stable despite the growth of streaming services, as businesses and other commercial entities often require specialized pay TV services that streaming services may not be able to provide.

Regional Insights

North America: North America is a mature pay TV market, with high penetration rates and strong competition among providers. The region is dominated by cable TV and satellite TV providers, although IPTV services are becoming increasingly popular.

Europe: Europe is a diverse pay TV market, with different countries having different regulatory frameworks and consumer preferences. The region is dominated by satellite TV providers, although cable TV and IPTV services are also popular in some countries.

Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific region is a rapidly growing pay TV market, with increasing penetration rates and strong demand for premium content. The region is dominated by satellite TV providers, although cable TV and IPTV services are also popular in some countries.

Latin America: Latin America is a diverse pay TV market, with different countries having different economic and regulatory conditions. The region is dominated by satellite TV providers, although cable TV and IPTV services are also popular in some countries.

Middle East and Africa: The Middle East and Africa is a developing pay TV market, with low penetration rates and limited competition. The region is dominated by satellite TV providers, although IPTV services are becoming increasingly popular in some countries.

Overall, the pay TV industry varies significantly by region, with different types of services being more popular in different parts of the world. Providers must take into account local market conditions and consumer preferences in order to succeed in this highly competitive industry.

Competitive Analysis

Some of the major companies operating within the market are DIRECTV, DISH Network Corporation, Carter Communications, Foxtel, Comcast Corporation, AT&T Inc., Sky plc, Liberty Global plc, China Central Television (CCTV), Nippon Television Network Corporation

Recent News

·         In January 2023, Canal+ Group has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) expecting the Canal+ Group's acquisition of all of Orange's equity in the OCS pay TV package and Orange Studio, the subsidiary for the co-production of movies and television shows.



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The report provides an in depth analysis from both production and consumption point of view at the regional and country level. Key Factors considered within the report scope are Production capacity by countries/regions, average price, consumption ratio, revenue earned and gross margin.

The report provides competitive analysis of around 30-50 companies operated in the market, these companies are bifurcated into niche players, the leaders and major contenders. The companies are analyzed in terms of following factors such as:

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In terms of competitive landscape, the report provides distinctive factors that would help the end user in taking a key decision within the business:

§  Company Share Analysis from 2018-2022

§  Company Analysis by Revenue and Sales

§  Company Production Capacity, Gross Margin

§  Company Share Analysis by Application/End Use

§  Company Share Analysis by Product/Specification




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