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China and India lead pay-TV Growth in Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operator Forecasts report concludes that China and India dominate the operator rankings by subscribers. Government policy to consolidate cable TV operations means that China Radio & TV has become the world’s largest pay-TV operator by a long way, with 198 million subscribers.

Despite economic growth concerns, pay-TV subscriptions for Asia Pacific’s top 68 operators will increase by 74% from a collective 376 million in 2014 to 535 million by 2020,according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

These operators from 20 countries will climb from 75% of Asia Pacific pay-TV subscribers in 2014 to 83% by 2020.

The dominance of China and India is diminished when the operators are ranked in revenue terms [subscriptions and VOD only]. China Radio & TV will add a massive $2.16 billion between 2014 and 2020.