Boom Times for IPTV

According to ABI Research, IPTV subscriptions worldwide will grow at 70% from 2012 to 2017 with 100% growth in the Asia-Pacific off a base of 28.5 million subscribers. Global pay TV subscribers are expected to reach 853.5 million at the end of 2012, with 116 million IPTV subscribers.

Worldwide, cable operators are investing heavily in the digitization of their networks to compete with satellite and IPTV platforms. "Satellite and IPTV networks have been able to deliver better channel selection and higher quality signals than analog TV platforms. When faced with technology changes -- including digital terrestrial (DTT) transitions and cable digitization requiring a set-top box -- customers are likely to consider satellite and IPTV alternatives," said Sam Rosen, ABI's practice director for TV and video.
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