LATAM's cable TV digitalisation still not complete
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 16 September 2014
Cable platform digitalisation is one way the pay-TV industry is fighting piracy, but this goal is far from being achieved in Latin America according to the latest reports, with only 51% of cable subs being digital.

The figures, presented by the Business Bureau index, show that illegal pay-TV service connections represent no less than 27% of subscriptions, with 14% of piracy in the region.

"From Business Bureau we are supporting the anti-piracy efforts of Latin America's largest players," commented Christian Peralta, chief anti-piracy officer at Business Bureau. "We work together with programmers and operators and continuously carry audits and special operations to detect illegal broadcastings and irregular subscribers."

The lack of digitalisation is large obstacle to having full control over illegal connections. With an average 49% still with an analogue cable platform, the trend is particularly notable in countries like El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, where the digital subscriptions represent between 5% and 15% of the total.

Larger countries such as Colombia (24%), Argentina (26%) and Venezuela (27%) also show a low level of digitalisation, with Brazil (81%), Chile (83%), the Caribbean region (84%) and Panama (95%), leading the ranking.