Revs Up, But Customer Enrollment Slows for Canadian DTH

While subscribership to Canada's satellite TV services has slowed, the money generated from the offerings continued to grow last year.

According to figures released Wednesday by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the nation's communications regulator, combined revenues for satellite TV and MDS (multipoint distribution system) companies increased 11.4 percent between 2006 and 2007, jumping from $1.7 billion to $1.85 billion. The number of DTH and MDS subscribers, however, rose only slightly during the same period, by less than 1 percent to 2.6 million.

Revenues generated by Canadian cable operators increased by 16.1 percent between 2006 and 2007, rising from $6.1 billion to $7.1 billion, said the CRTC. The number of basic cable subscribers increased from 7.48 million to 7.65 million.

On the programming side, contributions to Canadian programming by broadcast companies totaled $296.7 million in 2007, an increase of 8.4 percent when compared to the previous year.

Last year, cable companies directed $1.4 billion to programming affiliates, including pay and specialty services, an increase of 10.4 percent when compared to 2006 figures. Similar payments made by satellite TV and MDS companies grew by 12.3 percent, from $620.3 million to $696.6 million, stated the CRTC numbers.