While U.S. operators wring their hands over the continued erosion of their subscriber bases because of cord cutting, operators in Western Europe are actually seeing household penetration by pay-TV increasing.
A new study says pay-TV penetration is expected to grow from 56.7% at end-2014 to 60.4% in 2020.
Over-the-top (OTT) and cloud TV providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime are forecast to see revenues increase nearly 300% to $31.6 billion, new research says, up from just less than $8 billion last year.
A new report says Sri Lanka and Pakistan are showing high interest in expanding IPTV as a technology of choice, with Nepal’s Internet service providers planning to launch commercial IPTV services this year.
Nevertheless, the adoption of IPTV won’t happen over night, with just more than a quarter-million subscribers (270,000) currently in The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), where IPTV is still evolving, but not yet widely accepted as a pay-TV model.
Canadian telco Bell says its IPTV offering has reached a milestone: One million customers.
The company says the mark puts its Fibe TV and FibreOP TV among the fastest growing product lines in its 135-year history.
Bell, the second-largest television provider in Canada, has more than 2.65 million TV customers through its IPTV and satellite businesses.
Operators and content owners increasingly are taking different product paths to the same target: Millennials, those tech savvy, mega-consumers of online content who are between the ages of 18 and 35.
Case in point: European telco Swisscom this week started offering a no-frills high-speed Internet product, Wingo, that it’s selling only online and only as a self install. Even assistance via telephone carries a fee.
Netflix has made another friend in Canada, this time IPTV provider Telus, which has made Netflix available directly to its Optik TV customers.
Optik TV subs will be able to access Netflix directly from their set-top box, which means no more switching hardware and source inputs or using additional remotes; more importantly, it also eliminates one more reason cited by users for cutting the cord or churning their pay-TV service.
Piracy may be a major stumbling block for the expansion of OTT services around the globe, but a new report says that demand for pay-TV services in the Middle East and North Africa is creating a boom economy for operators, with pay-TV households expected to reach 21.3 million by 2020, twice the number of HH in 2010.
Digital TV Research said Turkey will help lead the market expansion and make up 37% of the 2020 total.
IPTV expansion in Russia is getting a boost from Rostelecom, which this week is deploying its OnLime IPTV service in Moscow.
Rostelecom’s IPTV service is now available nationwide.
IPTV has taken off in Russia, growing market share at the expense of cable.