|[December 17, 2012]
Worldwide pay-TV Subscriber to Reach 907 Million in 2013 as HD and IPTV Services Advance, Says ABI Research
SINGAPORE --(Business Wire)--
Global pay-TV market added nearly 47 million subscribers in 2012
reaching a total of 864 million subscribers. "The growth in satellite,
cable, and IPTV markets was strong, although digital terrestrial TV
growth was flat in 2012. ABI Research (News - Alert) expects that the pay-TV market
will continue to grow in 2013 to reach 907 million subscribers," said
Jake Saunders, VP and practice director of core forecasting.
Worldwide IPTV (News - Alert) subscriber base has been increasing rapidly over the past
few years. In 2013, the worldwide IPTV subscriber base is expected to
add over 9 million subscribers to reach 79.3 million. More than half of
the net addition will be from Asia-Pacific; China alone is expected to
add more than 3 million subscribers.
The cable TV market will remain strong, especially due to the growth in
Asian Pacific markets such as China and India. Cable TV will maintain
the largest market share of the overall pay-TV market in 2013. However,
rapidly growing IPTV will cause cable's market share to decline to 65.4%
in 2013 from 66.2% in 2012.
At present, 33% ofworldwide pay-TV subscribers are using High
Definition (HD) TV services. HDTV penetration is the highest in North
America followed by Western Europe; accounting for 84% and 76% of total
pay-TV subscriptions respectively. As many of the countries in different
regions are trying to switch over to digital transmission, the number of
HD channels and packages offered by the operators increase. "Worldwide
HD service adoption is expected to grow. ABI Research forecasts that 38%
of global pay-TV subscribers will be subscribing to HDTV services in
2013," noted Khin Sandi Lynn, research analyst.
ABI Research's "Pay TV Subscribers" Market Data profiles global pay-TV
subscription information. Detailed market trends and market forecast
information for key regions and countries around the world are provided
where available. The study is a part of the company's Pay
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team
of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and
advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com,
or call +1.516.624.2500.
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