Tripling-up quint play package pushes pay-TV in Spain

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 11 April 2015

Having closed 2014 with more than eight million quad and quintuple play package, pay-TV is entering a new era of growth in Spain, pushed by merged telecom services increasing through better and faster networks.

According to figures published by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC ), during 2014 more than 2.2 million quint packages were subscribed, including mobile and fix voice and Internet plus pay-TV, meaning three times more additions than in 2013. Quintuple packages gathered almost the whole growth regarding packed telecoms, as quad play providers, the king of 2013, added barely 100,000 more users in 2014.

Still, there are currently 5.8 million quad play and 2.2 million quint play packages in Spain, with triple play on 30% on the down and 700,000 subs.

With subs from quint and triple play plus stand-alone offers, mostly via satellite (DTH) and fibre (FTTH), pay-TV gained 1.2 million subs during 2014, nearing five million subscribers as of December 2014.

Regarding incomes by operators, only free-to-air TV seems to be reporting real benefits to the industry, as Mediaset (+6.9%) and Atresmedia (+9.6%) are the companies growing the most. Jazztel with 4.7% more incomes is also on the up, but giants as Telefónica's Movistar (-3.9%), Vodafone (-8.4%) or ONO (-17%) are clearly dropping incomes.