This report uses price data from November 2015, and is an update to the previous report based on price data from May 2015. Further updates are planned.
Television is a key element in the information society, and can be regarded as one of the most basic services offered to households in any country. While more or less free offers exist in most countries to view a limited amount of basic TV channels, most households will opt for more advanced services incorporating more variety of TV programming and extended technical capabilities. For such services the consumers normally need to turn to the Pay TV providers and buy services delivered to their home via cable- or satellite-based systems. There is however an increasing base of consumers “cutting the cord”, who is using mobile or internet based services to support their TV needs, and this trend is helping to shake up an already competitive market.
The result of this analysis carried out in November 2015, is based on nearly 1750 offers across the 31 countries, and shows that there are great differences in costs facing the consumers across the study countries. The ten countries with best prices are Poland, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Hungary and the prices in these countries range from just above US$ 5 per month to just below US$ 12 per month. The simple average across all 31 countries in November 2015 is US$ 18.17. Since May 2015, the average cost, based on the cheapest overall offer per country, has fallen by 11%, while the average taking into account cheapest offers from all providers in each country has fallen by almost 7%. Increased promotional activity appears to have driven a significant proportion of the changes since May.
Table of Contents
 OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is used here to indicate the geographical scope of the study. The OECD has not contributed to this report.
1. Executive Summary
2. PAY TV prices in OECD countries
2.1 Scope of data
2.3.1 TV Licence
2.3.2 Service type
2.3.3 HD and DVR
3.1.1 Basic Pay TV cheapest package per country
3.1.2 Price changes between May 2015 and November 2015
4. Pay TV costs per country