Report says worldwide IPTV sub base will hit 128 million in 2014

IPTV may be stutter-stepping across the U.S., but it's going gangbusters picking up new subscribers elsewhere in the world, according to the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute's (MIC) latest report, "The Worldwide IPTV Subscriber Market, 1Q 2014."

The report says that overall IPTV subscriber numbers will grow to 128 million by the end of 2014 with the Asia Pacific region as the biggest IPTV subscriber market.

MIC said that the worldwide IPTV subscriber market reached 92.7 million subscribers at the end of 2013, a 23.7 percent increase over 2012, and should reach 100 million by the end of the first half of 2014 and top the 128 million number by the end of the year.

APAC leads the way with 45.6 million IPTV subscribers (just over 49 percent of the current total), Western Europe has 23.7 million followed by Southeast Asia and Latin America.

In the latter markets, "IPTV services are now just in the introduction stage (and) the rapid deployment of domestic fiber networks … is forecast to spur IPTV subscribers in the offing," an MIC press release said. Read more.

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