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Pay TV: Basic Channel Subscription Revenue in Korea

 
 
 
 
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1. Basic channel subscription revenue market share - by platform, 2012 - 2016

2. Basic channel subscription revenue market share - by provider, 2012 - 2016

 

- Basic channel subscription charge is an amount of money that subscribers monthly pay for live channels delivered by pay TV providers, and serves as a primary source of revenue for the providers

- Total basic channel subscription charge in 2016 was KRW2,033bn, up by 2.2% year-over-year

- Basic channel subscription charge revenue accounts for 39.4% of the total pay TV revenue

- 55.1% of the total basic channel subscription revenue was from IPTV

 

• Data: Korea Communication Commission (KCC), Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)

 
     

 

 

     
1   Basic Channel Subscription Revenue Market Share - by Platform, 2012-2016  
   

 

Sources: Korea Communication Commission (KCC), Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)

Note: The Dollar amounts shown for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 were translated at the rate of KRW 1,203.7 to US$1.00, KRW1,169.3 to US$1.00, KRW 1,090.9 to US$1.00, KRW 1,055.3 to US$1.00 and KRW 1,063.2 to US$1.00, respectively.

 

The basic charge revenue of IPTV has constantly been growing since its launch in 2009, outpacing satellite TV in 2011, and then cable TV in 2014. As of the end of 2016, as much as 55.1% of the total basic channel subscription revenue in pay TV is generated from IPTV. The basic channel charge revenue of cable and satellite TV, however, has been on a steady decline as seen in Figure above.

 

 

     
2   Basic Channel Subscription Revenue Market Share - by Provider, 2012-2016  
   

 

Sources: Korea Communication Commission (KCC), Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)

Note: The Dollar amounts shown for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 were translated at the rate of KRW 1,203.7 to US$1.00, KRW1,169.3 to US$1.00, KRW 1,090.9 to US$1.00, KRW 1,055.3 to US$1.00 and KRW 1,063.2 to US$1.00, respectively.

 

As seen in Figure above, unlike IPTV providers (KT, SK Broadband and LG U+) who are all experiencing growth in basic channel subscription revenue, all of cable TV providers are now challenged with declining revenue.

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