In February 2012, 266,000 Brazilians signed up for pay TV service, bringing up the country’s total amount of subscribers to 13.3 million households—a 334% increase compared to 1999, when there were only 3 million households in Brazil with pay TV. These figures were recently reported by Anatel (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações), Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency. Given the estimate of 3.3 people per household in Brazil, this suggests that right now, pay TV has an audience of nearly 44 million in Brazil.
Besides a bigger audience, pay TV is bringing in more money. According to Projeto Inter-Meios, pay TV ad spend in Brazil went up 17.8% in 2011. In fact, pay TV grew more in ad spend in 2011 than any other medium except for Internet.
Class C, the country’s growing middle class, could be one of the key factors behind this growth. In August 2011, the Brazilian Pay TV Association (Associação Brasileira de Televisão por Assinatura) reported that Class C now makes up 30% of the subscriber base. By 2025, research firm Data Popular projects that pay TV penetration among Class C Brazilians will be the same as with classes A and B, the top two socioeconomic classes.
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