The number of pay TV subscribers in South Korea reached 33 million in the first six months of the year, up 540,000, or 1.67 percent, from the second half of last year, data showed Dec. 12.
The figure includes pay subscribers to system operators, satellite broadcasting services and IPTV service providers, according to findings compiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT.
Fixed-line and telecom operator KT had a market share of over 21.4 percent or just under 7.1 million subscribers, followed by SK Broadband with 14.7 percent and LG Uplus with 12.4 percent.
CJ Hello and KT Skylife trailed the top three with market shares of around 12.3 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively.
The latest data showed the market share and subscriber numbers for the IPTV operators -- KT, SK Broadband and LG Uplus -- have all been rising steadily, while SOs and satellite service providers have been losing ground.
By type, 47.6 percent, or 16 million people, subscribed to IPTV, with 41.5 percent being SO members and just under 9.9 percent being satellite TV watchers.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)