If you look back over the past decade, while the Global Networked Economy has evolved as the leading nations in the Asia-Pacific region continue to expand their infrastructure capabilities, the market for broadband Internet access in America has been remarkably stable.
The global set-top box (STB) market — including IP/cable/satellite/DTT STBs, OTT media servers, and HDMI dongles — totaled $4.2 billion in 1Q15, slipping 3 percent from 4Q14. IHS expects the number of HDMI dongles sold worldwide to top 27 million by 2019. Meanwhile, cable TV STB sales fell 2 percent worldwide in 1Q15, to $1.5 billion.
Pay-TV operators in Europe and the U.S. spend $10 billion annually to provide phone support and in-home repair services. The lion’s share of these multi-screen pay-TV support costs are spent fixing problems operators didn’t even create.
The global pay-TV services market — including cable TV, satellite TV, telco TV and over-the-top (OTT) video — totaled $237 billion in 2014, that’s up by 7 percent from the previous year, according to Infonetics Research. However, cable pay-TV revenue growth slowed to 1.8 percent in 2014, largely due to subscriber declines in North America.
Traditional forms of video entertainment are already saturated in most of the developed nations around the globe. Meanwhile, some of the more promising emerging markets are growing at a more gradual rate than was anticipated, due to current economic pressures.
The ten leading pay-TV operators in the United States collectively lost 20,600 subscribers in the last quarter of 2014. Cable TV operators collectively lost over 800,000 digital television subscribers in all of 2014. While overall television subscriber numbers in America remain flat.
Cable companies around the globe continue to invest in network infrastructure to meet consumer demand for broadband internet access and better tiered service offerings. Globally, CCAP, CMTS, edge QAM and CMC equipment revenue totaled $493 million in 4Q14, an 11 percent sequential increase.