Canada’s Telus grows TV subs by a third

Canadian telco Telus saw its pay-TV subscriber base swell by 33% in 2012, reaching a total of 678,000, although lower gross additions in the fourth quarter were only partially offset by a “significant” annual improvement in churn.

The telco operates an IPTV service called ‘Optik TV’ in British Columbia, Alberta and Eastern Quebec, and a satellite TV service called ‘Telus TV’ in British Columbia and Alberta.

While rivals like Bell Aliant and Colba.Net continue to add IPTV subs, Telus remains the dominant provider of managed IPTV in Canada, which it delivers over its modern fibre-based network.

Together, these telcos are turning the tables on their established pay-TV rivals, with US research firm IHS predicting just last month that their combined share of the local pay-TV market will go from the 10% at the end of 2012 to 18% by the end of 2017.