Mexico has the highest pay-TV services penetration in Latin America, with over 10.49 million households with pay-TV access, according to a report by the Latin American Multichannel Advertising Council (Lamac). Brazil ranks second with 9.8 million households with pay-TV connection, followed by Argentina with 7.9 million households. The report also shows that Mexico's pay-TV customer base has increased by nearly 25 percent in 2010. The growth was mainly due to the expansion of DTH service offerings. Pay-TV penetration in Mexico is expected to exceed 13 million households or 49.4 percent of the population by year-end. According to Signals Telecom Consulting, Mexico will lead the market with 21 million users in 2016.
The pay TV market in Mexico is expanding; the Mexican fixed-line operator Telmex has obtained a positive judicial decision that will prompt the country's Communications and Transport Ministry (SCT) to rule on Telmex's request to offer pay television in Mexico. Telmex, which controls about 80 percent of Mexico's fixed phone lines, is seeking government approval to add television services to its telecoms services portfolio. Telmex has been banned from providing TV services in Mexico for years due to competition concerns.
The company, majority owned by Carlos Slim, said it had obtained a positive judicial decision that will prompt the country's Communications and Transport Ministry to rule on Telmex's request to offer pay television in Mexico.
As a result of the legal decision, the Communications and Transport Ministry has 15 days to decide on Telmex's bid to provide pay television, Gerardo Sanchez Henkel, head of the ministry's legal department, told Mexican Radio Formula. Slim's America Movil is already the biggest provider of pay television services in Latin America with some 11 million customers in 18 countries.