Pay-TV Approaches 1 Billion Subscribers

ABI Research says that the worldwide market for pay-TV will pass 920 million subscribers by the end of the year. Average ARPU is expected to fall slightly on increased competition (especially from IPTV, which increased one percentage point over Q2’13 in Q2’14), but at a lower rate compared to the 2013 drop; this is due to the growing number of HD subscribers and major sporting events in 2014. Pay-TV is expected to generate more than $269 billion worldwide this year. Pay-TV subscribers will reach almost 1.1 billion by 2019, generating $323 billion in revenue.