Chile's Movistar TV delivers HDTV to 90% of subs


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 13 August 2015

Telefónica's pay-TV offer in Chile, Movistar TV, now delivers high definition (HD) TV to over 90% of its subscribers, according to Dataxis.

By the end of Q2 2015, Dataxis calculates that nine in ten of the telco's pay-TV packages were HD, triple the number at same period last year.

According to the report, Movistar TV delivers most of its TV services through direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, although IPTV packages are growing and currently account for 38,000 out of the 634,000 total subscribers.

The latest official figures from Subtel for Q1 2015 indicate a market of nearly three million subs, 51.6% of which had DTH. The market is still topped by VTR and its one million subs (35% share), followed by Movistar TV (21% share), DirecTV (480,000 subs and 16.9%) and Claro (460,000, 16.2%).

Penetration reaches over 52% of homes, meaning over eight million Chileans have access to a premium TV offering. In addition, Chile's pay-TV market is predicted to be one of Latin America's fastest growing sectors through to 2019, together with Brazil and Venezuela.