In-Stat: High-speed, digital are cable's growth engines
Faced with a flat or declining analog subscriber base, cable modem and digital video services remain "critical" to the growth of the industry, says In-Stat, in a new report.
Based on In-Stat's customer projections in those categories, it appears that cable operators will most certainly agree. In-Stat, a sister company to CED, noted that there are presently 44 million digital cable TV homes worldwide, and that it expects that number to reach more than 108 million by the end of 2009.
In-Stat also predicts that global cable modem subs will reach 50 million by year-end (and $22 billion in revenues), and rise to 99 million subs by 2009.
The firm also believes that U.S. cable TV subscriber households will rise modestly from 69 million this year, to just 72 million in 2009.