Mexico's pay-TV sector rises 7.1% in Q1 2015

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 05 June 2015

Mexico's pay-TV sector surpassed the 16 million-subs barrier at the end of Q1 2015, representing an increase of 7.1% on the same period last year, according to figures from The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU).

The figures, published in the Mexican paper el Financiero, show that pay-TV is nearing 50% penetration in the country, although the numbers are more conservative than other statistics such as those published last month by Business Bureau, pointing to over 60% penetration and over 18 million subscribers in the country.

According to CIU's analysts, the increase seen in Mexico, the second largest pay-TV market in Latin America, is mostly due to falling prices following greater competition and the new regulations imposed on Televisa.

The reports do, however, agree about operator positions, with SKY leading the market with 40% of subscriptions, followed by Dish (15.4%), Megacable (15.2%) and Cablecom (7.6%). Cablemás and Izzi, Televisa's recently rebranded unit, are not capitalising on the growth and have seen subs drop during Q1 2015.