In 2023, the pace of growth for these services slowed as their total revenues increased by 0.5%, or $19 million, to $4.3 billion. Revenue growth was hampered by a $19 million decline in advertising revenue, which was offset by a $30.6 million increase in subscription revenues. Expenditures continued to increase, rising from $3.1 billion in 2023 to $3.3 billion in 2023. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) dropped from $1 billion to approximately $884.9 million. Nevertheless, the PBIT margin remained healthy at 20.8%.
Specialty services invested $1.5 billion in the creation of new television programs produced by Canadians, reflecting an increase of 7.8% compared to the $1.4 billion invested in the previous year. Of the $1.5 billion invested in Canadian-made programming, $409.9 million went to independent Canadian producers, up 9.1% (or $34.1 million) from 2023.
Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications sectors to produce a series of reports. To increase Canadians’ access to relevant information related to the Canadian broadcasting system, this year’s publication on specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services includes the amount they spent on animation and children’s programming.
- In 2023, there were 228 specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand television services operating in Canada.
- Specialty, pay, PPV and VOD services employed a total of 5,899 people in 2023.
- Bilingual and English-language services generated $3.4 billion in revenues, a decrease of 1.1% (or $36.7 million) in 2023.
- French-language services produced revenues of $755.6 million, an increase of $57.8 million in 2023.
- Revenues for 38 third-language services decreased by –$2.1 million to $78.5 million.
- The 10 highest grossing services out of the 228 operating in Canada accounted for 37.7% of the total revenues generated in 2023.
- For the first time, Sportsnet One and TVA Sports were among the top-10 highest grossing channels, following their acquisition of exclusive NHL programming rights.
- Pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services continued to struggle, with their revenues decreasing by 6.3%, or $49.7 million, between 2023 and 2023.
- Spending on foreign programming by specialty services increased from $389.2 million in 2023 to $434.2 million in 2023.
- The CRTC recently published the financial results for conventional television stations and AM and FM radio stations.
- The CRTC will publish results for cable and satellite entities. Following the publication of these reports, the CRTC will issue its annual Communications Monitoring Report in the fall.
- The CRTC’s annual reports help interested parties to stay informed about the state of the Canadian communications industry, and participate in the CRTC’s public consultations.