Forecast: DBS sitting pretty through '08
If current forecasts hold water, DBS subscriptions will continue to rise on a global level.
40 million customers will join the direct-to-home satellite TV ranks through 2008, as compared to the 61 million that were active at the end of 2003, In-Stat predicts in a new report.
"In addition to an increasing subscriber base, the industry's profits are on the rise due to reductions in equipment costs, increases in package pricing and new revenues from new services and features," said In-Stat Analyst Michelle Abraham, who predicts that global subscription revenues will grow to $70 billion in 2008.
Japan and India are expected to be among the countries to see the most severe growth in that time period. In-Stat, which is owned by the same parent company as CED, cautioned, however, that growth in some "mature" regions, including Europe, will slow down or stagnate.