12 million HD subscriptions for Latin America

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 11-12-2013

While 4K has landed in Latin America and is expected to rocket after the World Cup in Brazil, high definition (HD) seems to be completely entrenched in the region, with over 12 million HD subscriptions, according to Dataxis.

60.2% of these subscriptions are in Brazil, the region's biggest pay-TV market.

The report Evolution of HD Channel Offerings in Latin America points to a solid HD market, being especially strong in the seven largest markets in the region, namely Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Over 91% of the 12.1 million subscriptions are concentrated in these countries.

The consultancy counted 164 HD channels operating in LATAM in October 2013, a figure which has been steadily growing over the last few years. Most of the signals belong to pay-TV platforms (124), while the rest are broadcast free-to-air. With regard to companies, Globo (Brazil), Time Warner, News Corp and DirecTV have the most HD channels.

This is Dataxis' third report tracking the progress of HDTV services in the region, and it was compiled using information from 60 pay-TV operators with HD line-ups.