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First worldwide decline in television service subscribers

The total number of television subscribers to the 100 leading services in the informitv Multiscreen Index fell slightly by 0.11 million in the third quarter of 2018, down by 0.02%.

Although small, it was the first worldwide quarterly contraction to date, with only 43 services reporting gains, which is the fewest seen so far.

“Our Multiscreen Index shows a slight fall in television subscriber numbers worldwide for the first time, following average quarterly growth of 1% over recent years,” observed editor Dr William Cooper. “The third calendar quarter tends to be weaker. The key question is whether the next quarter will show a recovery or continuing decline.

The Multiscreen Index comprises 100 leading multichannel television and video services based in 38 countries that collectively account for around 430 million subscribing homes worldwide. The index provides an industry benchmark of the relative performance of television service providers against which customer gains or losses can be measured.