1.3 Billion DTV Households by 2017

Based on forecasts for 80 countries, the number of digital TV homes will double between 2011 and 2017 to 1,323 million, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The report estimates that global digital penetration will climb from 48.6% at the end of 2011 to 86.7% by 2017.

Of the 648 million digital TV homes to be added between 2011 and 2017, 259 million are expected to come from digital cable. Homes taking digital terrestrial TV (DTT) but not subscribing to cable, direct-to-home (DTH) satellite or IPTV are expected to bring in a further 174 million, with pay DTT adding 5 million. Pay IPTV is expected to increase by 114 million, with pay DTH up 66 million and free to air DTH 31 million.
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