- "By the end of 2010, mobile TV broadcast subscribers worldwide will reach 102 million, a giant leap from 3.4 million in 2006." -- In-Stat
- "In 2011, mobile TV services will have some 514 million subscribers worldwide, up from only 6.4 million at the end of 2005." -- ABI Research
Not only are the numbers for 2010-11 off by, oh, almost 400 million, the two analysis outfits can't even agree on how many subscribers there are now (3.4 million vs. 6.4 million). To be sure, the In-Stat number focuses on broadcast subscribers (leaving aside "unicast" subs), but ABI goes on to say that "the majority of subscription services will be for broadcast content, and unicast-only subscriptions will not be a significant part of the market." In other words, even subtracting unicast from the ABI figure and comparing apples to apples, they still differ by hundreds of millions.
I hope these guys don't start predicting really important stuff like global warming or the NCAA basketball tournament brackets.
— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung