The informitv Multiscreen Index reports the 1% gain was slightly up on the previous six quarters.
Over half the services reported subscriber gains, but these were largely offset by subscriber losses elsewhere. The majority of the gains were once again in the Asia Pacific region, which added 2.35 million subscribers, which is fewer than in the preceding two quarters but about the same number as in the comparable quarter a year previously.
The top 10 services in the Asia Pacific region added a total of 1.65 million subscribers, mostly in India. Dish TV and Videocon d2h, which have since merged, added 360,000 subscribers between them.
“Among the 100 services in the Multiscreen Index, there are almost as many subscribers in the Asia Pacific region as the Americas,” noted informitv analyst Dr Sue Farrell. “The merged Dish TV and Videocon d2h in India now has 29.51 million satellite subscribers, which is more than AT&T has with DIRECTV, U-verse and DIRECTV NOW combined.”
The Multiscreen Index comprises 100 leading multichannel television and video services that collectively account for around 440 million subscribing homes worldwide. The index provides an industry benchmark of the relative performance of television service providers against which customer gains or losses can be measured.