The total number of pay TV subscribers at year-end 2010 were up by a little over 6 per cent on 2009, according to In-Stat. “Nearly every region showed gains or held their own in 2010. However, cable providers were impacted, to at least some degree, by a migration to satellite and/or IPTV in virtually every region,” according to Stephanie Pickering, Industry Analyst. “Only Western Europe showed any gains in the total number of cable TV subscribers.”
Research data shows:
– China has the largest number of pay TV subscribers with over 160 million. Shanghai Media SiTV is the largest operator; however, no other pay TV operator has more than 5 million subscribers.
– The largest regional market of IPTV subscribers is Western Europe with nearly 17.5 million subscribers, of which France has nearly 11 million, led by CanalSat-TPS (Vivendi) and Free (iliad).
– Net Servicos de Comunicacao of Brazil is the largest cable service provider in the Caribbean and Latin America region.
– AT&T went from the sixth largest IPTV operator in the world at the end of 2009 to the fourth largest in 2010.