2009–2013 Highlights: Broadcast Distribution – Cable, Multipoint Distribution Systems and Direct-to-Home
Every year, the CRTC compiles financial information on the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in order to produce a series of reports. The CRTC’s report on broadcasting distribution undertakings includes data for programming services such as basic and discretionary television packages, and also non-programming services, such as Internet access and telephone services.
These annual reports allow interested parties to keep up to date on the situation in the Canadian communications industry and help them participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.
- In 2013, cable companies reported $12.35 billion in revenues from basic and discretionary television services, as well as Internet access and telephone services. This total is up by 6.1% from the previous year’s revenues of $11.64 billion.
- Cable companies’ operating expenses increased during the same period by 5.1% from $6.6 billion to $6.9 billion.
- The amount of profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) also increased, from $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion, as did the PBIT margin, which climbed from 20.8% to 21.5%.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a cable company’s basic television service increased by 1.5% from 8,688,757 subscribers to 8,815,628.
- In 2013, the total number of cable company employees rose by 11.5% from 26,659 to 29,714 people. Also, the total remuneration expense rose by 11.3% from $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion.
- Cable companies spent $2.3 billion in 2013 on affiliation payments for the pay and specialty services they carry, which represents a 5.3% increase compared to the $2.2 billion spent the previous year.
- Satellite companies’ revenues decreased by 0.9% from $2.50 billion in 2012 to $2.48 billion in 2013.
- Satellite companies’ operating expenses also decreased, from $1.7 billion to $1.6 billion.
- These companies thus saw their PBIT increase from $389 million in 2012 to $439 million in 2013. As a result, the PBIT margin rose from 15.6% in 2012 to 17.7% in 2013.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a satellite company’s basic television service dropped by 4.8%, from 2,825,677 subscribers to 2,691,204.
- In 2013, satellite companies employed 1,973 people and spent $183 million on remuneration. These numbers are lower than those for 2012, when satellite companies had 2,098 employees and spent $189 million on remuneration.
- The affiliation payments made by satellite companies decreased by 2% from $812 million to $794 million between 2012 and 2013.
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