Fueled by demand in emerging markets, worldwide pay-TV subscriber households grew by an impressive 8% in 2012.
In the cable TV industry, the majority of global subscriber growth occurred in the Asia market, led specifically by China, India and Vietnam. Other regions, especially North America and Western Europe, are experiencing little or no growth in cable TV households.
According to Infonetics Research, residential gateways are critical to ensuring the successful delivery of these services within the home — particularly new video services.
Their most recent survey shows that the percentage of service providers offering multi-screen video — wireless delivery of video to mobile phones, PCs, and tablets — using a residential gateway device is growing quickly, from just 6 percent today to 50 percent by 2014.
New data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service reveal that demand for international bandwidth grew 39% in 2012, and at a compounded annual rate of 53% between 2007 and 2012.
International bandwidth demand growth has been particularly rapid on key routes to emerging markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Faced with ongoing economic challenges, declining voice and text revenues, communications service providers (CSP) are being compelled to consider revamping their operating models.
“This survey paints a picture of a telecom industry in transition, buffeted by a storm which is both economic and technological in nature,” said Paolo Sidoti.
At the end of 2012, the top nine cable companies in the U.S. market — representing about 90% of all cable subscribers in the country — had a total of 51.3 million pay-TV subscribers.
The top cable providers lost nearly 7 million video subscribers over the past five years, and more than 8 million over the past ten years.
Moreover, the penetration for cable pay-TV — where it is available — has decreased from 57.5% to 42.3% over the past ten years.
via LRG Research
The U.S. pay-TV business continues to show signs of maturation as the industry narrowly avoided its first ever yearly video subscriber net loss.
Yearly gains in basic subscribers are expected to come to an end, basic video subscribers will fall slightly through 2017.
Pay-TV faces many challenges ahead and may be reaching a point where a fundamental shift in the model is possible.
Broadband Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) enjoyed its strongest year yet in 2012 — benefiting from ongoing technology shifts, according to Infonetics Research.
Cable operators are gaining significant traction with DOCSIS 3.0 in North America, Europe, Korea, and Japan.
The strongest growth came from the cable CPE segment, where revenue grew 26% year-over-year
The “TV Everywhere” initiative was launched in June 2009, but has failed to gain any meaningful market traction with pay-TV subscribers.
Digitalsmiths found that 26% of respondents with tablets had downloaded their pay-TV service provider’s tablet app.
But even of those who had downloaded the app, only 18% said they’d used it, suggesting that consumers still have not integrated it into their routines.
The number of pay-TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa will double between 2011 and 2018 to 16.0 million, according to Digital TV Research.
DTH will continue to dominate pay-TV revenues, taking 71% of the 2018 total.
DTH revenues will be $3.39 billion in 2018, up by more than $1 billion on 2012 and more than double the 2008 total.
The buoyant recent quarterly financial results at Time Warner and News Corp. and the decision last week at Comcast to buy up the rest of NBCUniversal are all based on the outsized profitability of cable networks.
And yet every sentient person in the media business not being directly paid to support this charade knows cable is on a fast train to oblivion.
How willfully blind are the executives of these companies to oncoming reality?
via USA Today