UK tops pay-TV channel league
11.34 Europe/London, September 16, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

The UK is by far the largest pay-TV channel market in Europe in revenue terms, being worth some €2.6 billion.

Furthermore, in the EMEA region, Western Europe accounts for the lion’s share of revenues with 86%, followed by CEE with 13% and MEA with 1%, according to data published by IHS Screen Digest.

Speaking in a seminar organised by IHS Screen Digest and entitled International Channel Strategies & Benchmarking, Guy Bisson, research director, television, said that within Europe and in revenue terms Sky was “well on top”, followed by Disney, Discovery, Viacom and Viasat.

Although Russia was the largest pay market in Europe in terms of subscriber numbers, UK was the largest in Western Europe and Poland and Romania strong players in CEE, as was Turkey.

He added that carriage fees dominate for all groups.