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Subscription TV Service
Subscription TV continues to grow as a service, increasing in 14% last year, representing 91,504 new users, which highlights the service’s penetration in preceding years. In comparison to year 2010, it has increased in 62%.

Cable TV continues to dominate the market with 70 % of subscriptions, followed by 30 % of subscriptions belonging to satellite, IPTV and multipoint. Satellite TV has increased in the last year, in 7 percentage points. In relation to market share, operators Tigo and Cabletica maintain the first positions with 29% and 22% respectively. The operator Claro, occupies the third position. For 2014, the market’s penetration in subscription TV reached 52% of households.

Regarding income associated with subscription TV service, there is a growth tendency reaching ¢124,389,797,904 colones for 2014 representing a 20 % increase compared to 2013. The IPTV and satellite TV show an important growth in income with 262% and 37% respectively compared to the previous year.
Table 1. Costa Rica: Total subscriptions to subscription TV service grouped by access technology
2010 - 2014
Technology Q IV 2010 Q I 2011 Q II 2011 Q III 2011 Q IV 2011 Q I 2012 Q II 2012 Q III 2012 Q IV 2012 Q I 2013 Q II 2013 Q III 2013 Q IV 2013 Q I 2014 Q II 2014 Q III 2014 Q IV 2014
Cable TV (CATV) 397.843 404.285 410.044 419.092 432.180 444.924 453.987 455.783 462.977 467.125 469.332 474.119 489.848 500.016 505.883 508.268 510.390
Satellite TV (SATV) 52.673 54.349 56.826 58.984 64.885 67.610 70.449 73.408 76.491 99.610 116.371 130.495 146.936 162.355 171.641 186.591 217.140
TV over IP (IPTV) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 886 1.294 2.168 3.071 3.483 3.674 3.804 4.191
Multichannel Mulipoint Distribution Service TV (MMDS) 898 1.065 1.134 1.148 1.072 1.173 1.145 1.192 1.225 1.136 1.097 922 1.187 1.091 1.093 876 825
Total   451.414 459.699 468.004 479.224 498.137 513.707 525.581 530.383 540.693 568.757 588.094 607.704 641.042 666.945 682.291 699.539 732.546
Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets


Graphic 1. Costa Rica: Proportion of subscriptions to TV service grouped by access technology2014

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 2. Costa Rica: Proportion of subscriptions to cable television service grouped by operator2010 - 2014

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets

Graphic 3.Costa Rica: Proportion of households with access to subscription television service2010 -2014

Source: SUTEL, Directorate-General for Markets