The overall broadcast and streaming video equipment market grew 5.6% worldwide in 2013, to $1.6 billion, as spending on content delivery networks (CDNs) increased while spending on contribution encoders and video-on-demand (VOD) playout servers decreased. Infonetics Research forecasts the total market will reach $2.5 billion by 2018.
“We are very early in a long-term transition to software-based and SDN-controlled video processing,” said Jeff Heynen.
The French Open tennis tournament has seen the first 4K TV transmissions over a digital terrestrial television network using H.265 compression. Channel 4K in Japan has begun the first regular broadcasts of 4K Ultra HD programming.
The World Cup 2014 in Brazil will be a major test bed for UHDTV coverage, but only a few people will be able to see it in their homes.
According to new research from nScreenMedia, 84% of U.S. broadband consumers that have cut the cord are at least somewhat happy with their decision. The news gets worse for pay-TV providers: 37% are so happy they vow they will never come back.
The bulk of the cord-cutters come from people in the 18–49 age range. Millennials are heavily represented in the group that have never had pay-TV services.
The global pay-TV market (cable and satellite TV, telco IPTV) totaled $221 billion in 2013, a 5% gain from a year ago. Pay-TV subscribers grew 5% in the second half of 2013 (2H13), to 756 million subscribers, with the strongest growth coming from the telco IPTV segment.
“As a result of increasing competition from OTT players and the service providers themselves using broadband video as a lower-priced offering, we believe overall video services ARPU and revenue growth will be constrained and, accordingly, have reduced our 2017 pay-TV revenue forecast by 35% globally, from $401 billion to just under $260 billion,” said Jeff Heynen.
Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of digital TV homes will increase by more than 1 billion between 2010 and 2020 to 1.68 billion — that’s up by 185 percent, according to the latest market study by Digital TV Research.
The Digital TV World Household Forecasts report estimates that the digital TV total will climb by 131 million in 2014 alone.
More than one-in-five (21 percent) Pay-TV subscribers use the “TV Everywhere” services provided by their Pay-TV operator at least once per month.
But Pay-TV industry has increasing concerns that Over-The-Top subscription video-on-demand services will lead to cord cutting or cord trimming.
According to Nielsen’s forthcoming Advertising & Audiences Report, the average U.S. TV home now receives 189 TV channels — a record high and significant jump since 2008, when the average home received 129 channels.
Despite this increase, however, consumers have consistently tuned in to an average of just 17 channels.
Worldwide video on demand (VOD) rentals from over the top (OTT) and pay TV operators, electronic sell-through (EST), and DVD or Blu-ray disc sales are expected to increase by 40 percent from 2013 to 2019 — growing from $30.6 billion in 2013 to over $43 billion by 2019.
Physical media sales will continue its decline, while OTT VOD services and ad-based viewing take significant market share from combined physical purchases and EST.