Telecoms operators continue to grab an ever-greater share of the world’s pay-TV revenues, with telco-delivered IPTV services accounting for 6% of the US$ 184bn generated globally by pay-TV operators last year, compared to a much smaller 2% of the US$ 143bn total in 2008, according to UK firm Digital TV Research.
Cable (analogue and digital combined) generated the highest revenues by platform last year with US$ 87bn in 2012. However, cable revenues are flattening and DTH will overtake cable soon, the report adds. North America currently generates about half the world’s total pay-TV revenues.
The number of pay-TV households (analogue and digital) reached 772mn by 2012, up from 585mn in 2008. Asia Pacific accounted for two-thirds of the global additions during this four-year period, bringing its total to 433mn. North America was the second largest region with 112mn pay-TV households, although it only added 4mn in the same period.