By 2012, more than 52 million pay-TV subscribers worldwide will have adopted Internet Protocol TV service, with IP-based set-top box shipments growing nearly 30% annually during this time period, according to a report published by IMS Research.
According to the study, an estimated 6 million IPTV set-top boxes shipped worldwide in 2007 by cable, satellite and telco providers.
Growth among tier two and tier three telcos is increasing on a global scale, leading to significant growth in rural markets, IMS said. In the United States, SES Americom’s IP-Prime alliance with the NRTC and the NTCA is expected to accelerate time-to-market for rural telcos by reducing the cost of entry into the market for IP-delivered digital video, according to the firm.
Worlwide, several countries in Eastern Europe and Latin America, such as Russia, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Chile, will see significant IPTV subscriber uptake through 2012, the firm's study said.
IMS Research, based in Wellingborough, U.K., publishes research on consumer electronics and digital TV markets, among other topics.