2010–2014 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 companies includes data for programming services such as basic and discretionary television packages.
The CRTC’s report does not include information on Internet access, telephone services and other non-programming items. Over the years, networks have evolved and are now used to offer a variety of advanced communication services, in addition to television programming. Moreover, companies are accessing the networks of the large companies to offer their own services to Canadians.
As such, the CRTC's report on cable and satellite companies cannot provide a complete picture of the Internet and telephony landscape. The CRTC will publish in-depth information on Internet and telephone services in the forthcoming edition of the Communications Monitoring Report.
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.
Cable and IPTV companies
- In 2014, cable and IPTV companies reported revenues of $6.5 billion from their programming services. This total represents an increase of 3% from $6.3 billion in 2013.
- Operating expenses for these companies increased by 7.6% from $5.1 billion to $5.5 billion.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a cable or IPTV company increased by 0.2% from 8.81 million to 8.83 million.
- IPTV continues to register significant growth, with subscribers increasing 29% and revenues up 39% in 2014.
- Cable companies saw declines in both subscriptions and revenues of 5.2% and 3.2% respectively.
- In 2014, the total number of terrestrial television distribution company employees rose by 1.3% from 26,852 to 27,188 people. Total employee earnings rose by 5.6% from $2.2 billion to $2.3 billion.
- In 2014, cable and IPTV companies spent $2.5 billion on affiliation payments for pay and specialty services. This total represents a 7.8% increase compared to the $2.3 billion spent in 2013.
- Satellite companies’ revenues decreased by 2.4% from $2.5 billion in 2013 to $2.4 billion in 2014.
- Operating expenses for these companies were essentially unchanged at $1.6 billion.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a satellite company’s television service decreased by 4.9% from 2.7 million to 2.6 million.
- Satellite companies employed 1,840 people in 2014, down from 1,973 in 2013. These companies spent $162 million on salaries in 2014, down from $183 million the previous year.
- Satellite companies saw affiliation payments increase by 1.9% from $794 million in 2013 to $809 million in 2014.
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