From a media release:
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and financial information on Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand television services for the broadcast year endingÂ August 31, 2015.
In 2015, the pace of growth for these services slowed as their total revenues increased by 0.5%, orÂ $19 million, toÂ $4.3 billion. Revenue growth was hampered by aÂ $19 millionÂ decline in advertising revenue, which was offset by aÂ $30.6 millionÂ increase in subscription revenues. Expenditures continued to increase, rising fromÂ $3.1 billionÂ in 2014 toÂ $3.3 billionÂ in 2015. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) dropped fromÂ $1 billionÂ to approximatelyÂ $884.9 million. Nevertheless, the PBIT margin remained healthy at 20.8%.
Specialty services investedÂ $1.5 billionÂ in the creation of new television programs produced by Canadians, reflecting an increase of 7.8% compared to theÂ $1.4 billionÂ invested in the previous year. Of theÂ $1.5 billionÂ invested in Canadian-made programming,Â $409.9 millionÂ went to independent Canadian producers, up 9.1% (orÂ $34.1 million) from 2014.
Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications sectors to produce a series of reports. To increase Canadians’ access to relevant information related to the Canadian broadcasting system, this year’s publication on specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services includes the amount they spent on animation and children’s programming.
- In 2015, there were 228 specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services operating inÂ Canada.
- Specialty, pay, PPV and VOD services employed a total of 5,899 people in 2015.
- Bilingual and English-language services generatedÂ $3.4 billionÂ in revenues, a decrease of 1.1% (orÂ $36.7 million) in 2015.
- French-language services produced revenues ofÂ $755.6 million, an increase ofÂ $57.8 millionÂ in 2015.
- Revenues for 38 third-language services decreased by –$2.1 millionÂ toÂ $78.5 million.
- The 10 highest grossing services out of the 228 operating inÂ CanadaÂ accounted for 37.7% of the total revenues generated in 2015.
- For the first time, Sportsnet One and TVA Sports were among the top-10 highest grossing channels, following their acquisition of exclusive NHL programming rights.
- Pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services continued to struggle, with their revenues decreasing by 6.3%, orÂ $49.7 million, between 2014 and 2015.
- Spending on foreign programming by specialty services increased fromÂ $389.2 millionÂ in 2014 toÂ $434.2 millionÂ in 2015.
- The CRTC recently published the financial results forÂ conventional television stationsÂ andÂ AM and FM radio stations.
- The CRTC will publish results for cable and satellite entities. Following the publication of these reports, the CRTC will issue its annual Communications Monitoring Report in the fall.
- The CRTC’s annual reports help interested parties to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communications industry, and participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.
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