It wasn't so long ago that the future of the two major satellite TV companies in the U.S. seemed in doubt, with the often-rumored possibility they could be acquired by major telcos (or even that DirecTV and Dish Network could merge). But satellite TV revenues and subscriber numbers have been bouncing back of late, and the satellite picture is even brighter on a worldwide basis, where Digital TV Research reports that direct-to-home satellite TV customers could reach 195 million in 73 countries by the end of 2016.
That figure would be up from 139 million last year, with global penetration jumping from 10 percent to more than 13 percent during that period.
While North America and Western Europe will continue to see strong growth, much new growth will be coming from Asia-Pacific, particularly India, as well as South Africa, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America.
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DirecTV posted healthy first quarter numbers
Dish Network also had a strong first quarter