Subscription television signal distribution service - 1st half 2019



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Executive Summary

Penetration of the subscription TV signal distribution service reached 86% of households

At the end of the first half of 2019, around 86% of families had the subscription television signal distribution service (STV), 1.7 percentage points (p.p.) more than in the first half of 2018.

Number of subscribers grew 3.4%, compared to the half year of the previous year

At the end of the first half of 2019, the number of subscribers of the subscription TV service reached around 4 million, 132 thousand more (+3.4%) than in the same period of the previous year.

Service growth was due to deals using fibre optic (FTTH), which accounted for another 298 thousand subscribers compared to the first half of 2018 (+20.2%).

Fibre optic became the main form of access to the service

FTTH continued to be the main form of access to this service (44.4% of total subscribers), followed by cable TV (33.2%), DTH (12.0%) and ADSL (10.4%).

Shares per provider

The NOS Group had the highest share of subscribers (40.5%), followed by MEO, Vodafone and NOWO, with shares of 39.6%, 15.8% and 4.0%, respectively. MEO and Vodafone were the providers which, in net terms, obtained the largest number of subscribers compared to the first half of 2018, with their shares increasing by 0.7 and 1.1 percentage points, respectively. On the other hand, the shares of the NOS group (-1.4 pp) and NOWO (-0.4 pp) decreased.

The concentration level, measured by the Herfindahl-Hirschman index, although high, fell slightly compared to the same period in the previous year.