Spanish pay-TV customers continued their upward growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, reaching 5.06 million subscribers on 31 December, up 1.2 million or 32 percent year on year, driven above all by multi-play convergent offers such as Telefonica’s Movistar Fusion package. The latest quarterly figures released by Spain's communications regulator CNMC revealed that pay-TV penetration intensified to 22 percent of the population, with IPTV and satellite TV accounting for 39 percent and 31 percent of subscribers, respectively.

Telefonica’s pay-TV subscriber base more than doubled to 1.89 million, followed by Digital+ with 1.70 million, Ono with 784,000 and GolTV with 231,000 subscribers. Telefonica is in the process of acquiring Prisa’s controlling stake in Digital+, with the CNMC set to give its final decision on the takeover by the start of May. Telefonica’s rivals and the European Commission itself have called on the CNMC to impose tough approval conditions on the proposed merger, which they said would give Telefonica control of 80 percent of Spain’s pay-TV market.