Thanks to new subscribers and increased ARPU in North America and Western Europe, worldwide telco IPTV and satellite revenues increased in the first half of last year.
Conversely, Infonetics Research said cable revenue was down a percent over the same period, mainly due to loss of subscribers in North America.
Worldwide video service revenue, including cable and satellite pay TV and telco IPTV, grew again in the first half of 2013 to $110 billion, a 2 percent uptick over the second half of 2012. DirecTV remained the pay-TV revenue market share leader in the same time frame.
“Telco IPTV operators AT&T, China Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom continue to enjoy strong growth in new subscribers and ARPU, showing that competitive providers with differentiated services can successfully steal share away from incumbent cable operators,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “Whether it's an improved user interface, multi-screen video, or even DVR services, there are marked differences that have allowed telcos to grow their subscriber bases at a time when others aren’t.”
By 2017, Infonetics expects the global pay-TV market to hit $270 billion, a 2012–2017 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 5 percent.