Pay-TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region (22 countries) will grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020, according to Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Asia Pacific Forecasts report estimates that pay-TV revenues will reach $41.52 billion by 2020.

Cable TV will remain the highest pay TV earner, with revenues at $23 billion by 2020. Digital cable TV revenues will grow by 63% between 2014 and 2020 to $22.54 billion, with analog cable TV falling from $6.20 billion to $0.56 billion.

Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “The number of homes paying for IPTV will overtake pay satellite TV subscribers in 2018. IPTV revenues will climb to $7.13 billion by 2020, up from $4.43 billion in 2014. However, pay satellite TV revenues will remain higher than IPTV. India will generate $4.15 billion of the region’s $11.06 billion satellite TV revenues in 2020.”

Pay-TV penetration will rise from 59.0% of TV households in 2014 to 68.4% in 2020, adding 142 million subs to take the total to 642 million. Even more impressive is that digital pay-TV penetration will climb from 20.9% in 2010 to 44.2% in 2014 on to 67.0% in 2020. Digital pay TV subscribers will quadruple from 163 million in 2010 to 628 million by 2020.

China will provide 323 million pay-TV households by 2020, with India supplying a further 179 million. China overtook Japan to become the most lucrative pay-TV market in 2012. India will take second place from 2020. Together China, India and Japan will account for two-thirds of the region’s $42 billion pay-TV revenues by 2020.

Pay-TV revenues will more than double in seven countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan) between 2014 and 2020. However, revenues will fall (due to greater competition – including OTT – and subscribers converting to bundles) during this period in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan, with low growth expected in South Korea.

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Greater China = China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Taiwan. SE Asia = Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. South Asia = Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka