iSuppli: IPTV not stealing N. American satellite subs . . . yet

Thu, 06/19/2008 - 8:10am
Traci Patterson

In 2007, the number of North American IPTV subscribers nearly quadrupled to total 1.2 million, according to iSuppli.

The new report states that the total number of IPTV subscribers in both North and South America increased by 257 percent last year, to reach 1.8 million. And by 2011, that number is set to reach 17.7 million, while global IPTV subscribers are predicted to increase from just under 10 million at the end of 2007 to 82.6 million.

But IPTV is not taking customers away from North American satellite providers just yet, the report said. As of now, IPTV subscribers in the region are, for the most part, net additions to the pay-TV market.

For the past four quarters, iSuppli said, satellite subscriber numbers have continued to grow in North and South America – from 36.3 million in 2006 to 39.5 million in 2007. But in 2008 and beyond, the North American satellite TV market will face increasing competition from telcos, iSuppli forecasted.

As of the end of 2007, AT&T had 231,000 North American IPTV subscribers and Verizon’s FiOS TV service had 943,000.

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