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Pay TV and OTT video in the Middle East and North Africa: trends and forecasts 2019–2024

04 February 2020 | Research

Martin Scott Rémy Giraud Olamide Makinde

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (17 slides); Excel | Video Strategies

"Satellite has faired well considering the immense competitive challenges it faces, but IPTV will have the strongest growth in connections over the forecast period."

Retail revenue for TV and video services delivered by pay-TV providers and operators will grow by 7% between 2019 and 2024; this is a notable achievement given the decline in ASPU. This report provides an outlook on pay-TV and OTT video take-up and revenue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This report provides:

  • forecasts for the number of pay-TV households and services, premium OTT video users, their retail revenue (spend) and average spend per user (ASPU)
  • forecasts split by pay-TV platform: cable (analogue and digital), IPTV, pay DTT, satellite and operator OTT; operator OTT and third-party OTT are split by category of OTT video service – linear channels, linear events, TVoD (rental), TVoD (ownership) and SVoD
  • forecasts for five individual countries and the Middle East and Africa as a whole.

Geographical coverage and key metrics

Geographical coverage


Key metrics

Regions modelled:

  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


Countries modelled individually

  • Egypt (NEW)
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE


  • Pay-TV households and connections
  • OTT video users
  • Retail revenue (spend)
  • ASPU


Pay TV is split by the following access technologies:

  • cable (analogue and digital, CATV)
  • IPTV
  • pay digital terrestrial TV (DTT)
  • satellite (DTH)
  • operator OTT
  • third-party (non-operator) OTT


OTT video is split as follows:

  • linear – channels (paid-for and free)
  • linear – events
  • TVoD (rental and ownership)
  • SVoD (paid-for and free)

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