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Demand for IPTV services picked up "significantly" last year, according to US research firm MRG, which estimates that the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide rose 36% in 2012 to reach 77mn, with strong growth in all geographic regions.
Multimedia over coax (MoCA) is fast becoming the networking technology of choice for many pay-TV operators, according to US firm Infonetics Research, which estimates that sales of MoCA-enabled set-top boxes rose 23% in the second half of last year alone.
Just over half (52%) of the EU's 2,700 video-on-demand services are available in another EU country, according to public service body the European Audiovisual Observatory, which warns that this may make it hard for the national regulations of some countries to be observed by providers.
Informa Telecoms & Media’s Analysts have identified eight key themes to look out for at this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
The news that Liberty Global plans to acquire Virgin Media could signal a change atop the global pay-TV hierarchy – if a deal goes ahead, the long-time number-two cable operator and dominant European player will overtake US giant Comcast to become the world’s largest cable MSO.
Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News) has revealed its Top 10 trends for 2013 for the telecoms and media sectors. Five of the predictions relate directly to telecoms operators and the other five cover the TV, digital media and OTT communications sector.
Worldwide IPTV subs up 36% in 2012
Twitter amplifies TV advertising
Consumers lacking 'conscious desire' to hook up Smart TVs
Xbox One raises pulses, tracks them
Digital Home World Summit looks at digital health as key area of growth
Netflix strikes exclusive deal with Disney/ABC
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