The pay-TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA ) recorded substantial growth in 2014 thanks to to anti-piracy measures, high quality content, investment in local content and then men's football FIFA World Cup finals, says a study by IHS. Pay-TV revenues jumped from EUR 702 million in 2013 to EUR 873 million in 2014. While most households continue to rely predominantly on free satellite TV, the total primary pay-TV households rose 12.4 percent to 4.8 million from 4.3 million in 2013.

IHS forecasts that between 2015 and 2019, the MENA region will grow five times faster than the rates in the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy. The threat of piracy has been considerably curbed recently in the region after successful cooperation of major broadcasters, pay-TV operators, satellite operators and online content providers with the authorities in the Gulf States and in countries like Egypt and Jordan.

Additionally, the pay TV business in the region is undergoing consolidation through mergers and acquisitions as well as carriage deals. which is creating entities with stronger finances, more robust business plans and more efficient exploitation of local talent and resources. IHS expects positive growth in the pay TV market to continue, with primary pay TV households reaching 6.6 million and revenues EUR 1.7 billion in 2019.