More than a decade after the first video-over-broadband services were first launched, there are now more than 100 million IPTV users around the world, according to statistics gathered by Point Topic Ltd.
There were 4.6 million new subscriptions added to the total during the first quarter of this year, taking the number of customers paying for video/TV services from fixed line service providers -- telcos and ISPs but not cable operators -- to 100.9 million.
East Asia accounts for a hefty slice -- 2.58 million -- of the new additions.
And perhaps not surprisingly, China is by far the biggest IPTV market, with almost a third of the world's IPTV customers, followed by France, the US, and South Korea.
The big question, though, is whether there is much growth left in the market, given the increasing popularity of OTT video services such as Netflix. That trend recently persuaded one US service provider to exclude any sort of TV or video offer and instead focus on delivering the best possible broadband service to attract loyal customers. (See Colorado Gigabit Network Shuns Video, Embraces OTT.)
Service providers are very focused these days on how to monetize their networks: Whether IPTV has a role to play in those business strategies is certainly up for debate.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading