IPTV to dominate pay-TV growth

A new report from UK firm Digital TV Research predicts that global pay-TV revenues will increase by US$ 19bn over the next five years to reach US$ 203bn by 2018, with managed IPTV services to post the healthiest growth rate out of all accesss technologies at nearly 10%.

While the report warns that the pay-TV sector’s fast growth years are now behind it, with annual growth hovering at below 2% from 2015 onwards, there are a few bright spots. These include emerging markets like Brazil and India, which are both expected to grow by around US$ 4bn over the next five years.

Alarmingly for many operators, total pay-TV revenues are expected to fall in 15 countries over the next five years, but total revenues are expected to more than double in another 18 countries – of which most are in Africa, although Indonesia and Vietnam are named as notable exceptions to this rule.

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