From a media release:
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today released statistical and financial information on Canadian cable, Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and satellite companies for the year ending onÂ August 31, 2015.
In 2015, Canadian cable, IPTV and satellite companies reported a slight decline in revenues ofÂ $11.8 millionÂ (0.1%) toÂ $8.9 billion, while expenses increased by 1.3% toÂ $7.2 billion.Â As a result, the operating margin decreased to its lowest level in five years, but remained healthy at 19%. These companies employed 27,244 in 2015, down 6.3% from 2014.
The overall number of subscribers decreased from 11.4 million in 2014 to 11.2 million in 2015, continuing a two-year trend.Â However, the average total revenue per subscriber increased fromÂ $65.25Â in 2014 toÂ $66.08Â per month in 2015. IPTV companies continued to grow reporting double-digit increases in subscribers for 2015.
Spending by television service providers on the creation and production of Canadian-made content decreased byÂ $38.1 millionÂ in 2015 toÂ $436.9 million.Â Of this amount,Â $219.6 millionÂ was directed to the Canada Media Fund,Â $64.7 millionÂ to independent funds andÂ $152.6 millionÂ to community channels and other sources of local content.
- In 2015, cable and IPTV companies reported revenues ofÂ $6.6 billionÂ from programming services. This total represents an increase of 1.7 % fromÂ $6.5 billionÂ in 2014.
- Satellite companies’ revenues decreased by 5.2% fromÂ $2.4 billionÂ in 2014 toÂ $2.3Â billion in 2015.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a cable or IPTV company increased from 0.3% to 8.9 million.
- The number of Canadian households that subscribed to a satellite company’s television service decreased by 7.2% from 2.6 million to 2.4 million.
- The operating margin for cable and IPTV companies increased from 15.8% in 2014 to 16.1% in 2015.Â The operating margin for the satellite companies decreased from 32% in 2014 to 27.7% in 2015.
- Operating expenses for the cable, IPTV and satellite companies increased by 1.3% fromÂ $7.1 billionÂ toÂ $7.2 billion.
- In 2015, cable and IPTV companies spent overÂ $2.6 billionÂ on affiliation payments for the pay and specialty services they carry. This total represents a 5.7% increase compared to theÂ $2.5 billionÂ spent in 2014.
- Satellite companies’ affiliation payments decreased by 2.9% fromÂ $809 millionÂ in 2014 toÂ $786 millionÂ in 2015.
- The CRTC produces a series of reports annually that provide information on the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.
- The CRTC recently published the financial results forÂ specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services,Â conventional television stationsÂ andÂ AM and FM radio stations.
- The CRTC’s annual reports help interested parties to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communication industry and participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.
The CRTC’s report on cable, IPTV and satellite companies does not include information on Internet access, telephone services and other non-programming items. The CRTC will publish information on these services in the upcoming edition of theÂ Communications Monitoring Report,Â in fall 2016.Â Â