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This is an overview of the South African broadcasting industry. It contains historical and forecast trends extracted from Ovum's research program.


  • Ovum research shows the number of TV households in South Africa to be 13.6 million at the end of 2016, representing a penetration rate of 81% of households. With more than 6 million subscribers, pay TV represents 46% of TV households. Ovum forecasts that analog platforms will be fully phased out during 2021 – a little later than 2018, which the regulators had hoped for.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess the South African pay-TV and FTA services.
  • Assess the progress of the DSO in South Africa.

Key questions answered

  • What will drive pay-TV usage in the next five years?
  • How is SVOD making progress in South Africa?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: South Africa TV Update

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