Report: Cable, telcos take back seat to DTH growth

A TeleGeography report says that while the cable-telco brawl gets the most attention, satellite direct-to-home (DTH) service providers are growing at a steady pace that has now reached "well over 150 million subscribers" spread across all regions. In fact, subscriber numbers have been advancing steadily by 13-15 percent a year even through the stagnant economy--or perhaps because of it, the report said.

"To put these numbers into context, there are still almost five times as many DTH subscribers as there are IPSTV subscribers and over the last five years DTH operators have enjoyed subscriber growth rates that have been more than double those achieved by their cable TV competitors," said TeleGeography's John Dinsdale in a news release.

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