New forecasts by technology and media specialist Coda Research Consultancy show that mobile phone users in Italy accessing video content via their devices will climb to 5.1m in 2015, and that revenues will reach US$685m.
Coda's report into the Italian TV market shows that users accessing TV content via DVB-H alone will double from its present 1.2m users to 2.5m in 2015.In particular, the 2010 World Cup will act as a stimulus for accessing mobile TV services, as it did in 2006, and Coda estimates that regular usage will climb to 1.6m at the end of 2010.
However Steve Smith, the report's author, commented that mobile TV take-up in Italy, although respectable when compared to the rest of Europe, has failed to meet expectations. “People tend to use their phones for video, games, texting, social networking and so on when they are between spaces and events, such as when commuting or meeting friends. In Japan and South Korea, where mobile TV penetration is significantly higher, people spend a lot more time commuting on public transport and so have more time available.”
Where Coda does see the opportunity for significant growth is in users downloading video onto their phones either via 3G or from their laptops and PCs, with that caveat that content and rights owners allow them to do so.