One trend is for sure: Another week, another study. This time around, Informa Telecoms and Media predicts that by 2011, IPTV revenues will accelerate to $12 billion. Despite that unimaginable sum, the report predicts that only 3.4 percent of the world's TV households will subscribe to IPTV platforms by 2011. Media research manager at Informa, Adam Thomas: "More immediately, we forecast 4.8 million IPTV households by the end of 2006, nearly double the 2005 figure of 2.5 million. Much of the growth in 2006, and for the next couple of years, is prompted by service launches by European telcos--especially the incumbents." So the short-term outlook is very positive.
For more on the forecast:
- see this press release