DTH Leads Cable in Latin America

Most Latin American territories are experiencing a surge in digital TV take-up, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The report estimates that only about a third of TV households received digital signals by end-2011, although this was up from 25% a year earlier. The report forecasts that by 2017, more than three-quarters of the region's TV households will have digital TV. This equates to 103 million homes in 2017, up from 40 million at end-2011.

From the 63 million digital homes to be added between 2011 and 2017, 15 million are expected to be DTH. Digital cable subscriber numbers are expected to climb by 14.5 million, although analog cable subscriptions will fall by 8.0 million. IPTV is expected to add 4.3 million subscribers. Primary DTT is expected to add 29 million homes between 2011 and 2017, with the number of analog terrestrial households falling by 41 million.
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