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Linear TV via Satellite to Remain Robust in Face of OTT Threat

Over 21,000 Channels to be added across UltraHD, HD and SD over next ten years


Wilmington, DE – April 29, 2015 – NSR’s newly released Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT & IPTV, 8th Edition finds that, despite increasing concerns about web-based OTT video, the Linear TV via Satellite market will continue to show solid growth. By 2024 the market will see an increase of over 21,000 channels across both DTH and video distribution platforms. The proliferation of UltraHD, HD and SD channels, along with limited global impact from OTT platforms, enable linear TV via satellite to continue upwards over the next decade.

“Although OTT platforms have become increasingly mature in North America, elsewhere the development of OTT platforms is in its infancy and is expected to have limited impact on traditional video platforms in the short to medium term” stated Alan Crisp, author of the report.

In North America, subscriber numbers on most Cable TV platforms are declining due to cord cutting, and subscriber growth for DTH platforms has been at sub-par levels for some time. However, elsewhere platforms are moving from strength to strength, with the pull of exclusive content, sports and localized channels being a significant draw for consumers worldwide to linear TV platforms – and NSR does not expect this trend to change soon.

Especially in developing regions, access to high quality and fast Internet access remains a bottleneck for the adoption of OTT platforms, with wireless technologies such as 3G/LTE not suited to the demanding bandwidth required for streaming video content. As such, unless a ubiquitous fixed line or low cost satellite broadband service is introduced, there remains limited impact to the dominance of traditional pay TV platforms, with a few exceptions.

As such, leased capacity video, the bread and butter for satellite operators, continues to exhibit strong growth, with over 3,500 satellite transponders to be leased in 2024 for DTH and video distribution services globally.

“Nevertheless, longer-term, it will essentially be compulsory for DTH and other pay TV platforms to offer OTT as a supplementary service, to both increase retention amongst existing subscribers, and signing up new subs based on exclusive content, and effectively becoming a ‘one-stop-shop’ for content as much as feasibly possible,” stated Crisp.


About the Report

NSR’s Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT & IPTV, 8th Edition provides industry-leading analysis of the global satellite TV market, including analysis for all 10 regions and across all channel types and capacity. With expanded scope and now including Video Distribution via satellite and impact assessments of OTT & IPTV, Linear TV 8 contains the industry’s most comprehensive and in-depth view of all forms of Linear TV via Satellite, both from a rigorous quantitative perspective as well as significant qualitative analysis from the global analyst team at NSR. Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT & IPTV, 8th Edition is a multi-client report now available from NSR.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-302-295-4981.


About NSR

NSR is a leading international market research and consulting firm with a core focus on the satellite sector and related industries. Founded in 2000 and with an experienced group of analysts located in all regions, NSR specializes in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space.