is one of the hottest growing areas in technology today.
According to a recent report from Infonetics Research, IPTV (News - Alert) Equipment, Services, Subscribers, and Capex, worldwide IPTV equipment sales hit $682.5 million in the third quarter of 2007, representing a sequential rise of 23%.
According to Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for IPTV at Infonetics Research (News - Alert), “IPTV, in its pure and hybrid forms, continues to grow steadily and is poised for bigger growth as operators clear regulatory hurdles, as MPEG-4 HD set-top boxes become more widely available, and as operators lock up exclusive broadcasting arrangements with professional sports leagues, movie studios, and international programmers.”
Heynen believes that continued growth is in the offing. “We expect the number of IPTV subscribers to continue growing steadily, reaching 65 million worldwide in 2010,” he said.
Among the highlights from the latest Infonetics research:
- Growth in worldwide service provider revenue from IPTV services is expected to grow more than 10-fold in the 5 years between 2006 and 2010;
- Worldwide IPTV middleware revenue is up 1% in 3Q07 from 2Q07;
- More than half (51%) of worldwide IPTV equipment revenue in 3Q07 comes from Asia Pacific, 33% from EMEA, 16% from North America, and 1% from CALA.
Infonetics is also reporting that manufacturers of IP
set-top boxes (STBs) saw revenue jump 35% worldwide from quarter to quarter.
The IPTV report provides analysis, current and forecasted market size, and select market share for IPTV equipment, IPTV service revenue, IPTV subscribers, and content and transport infrastructure capex.
IPTV equipment includes integrated digital headend platforms, VOD/streaming content servers, universal edge QAMs, IP video encoders, IPTV middleware/content delivery platforms (CDPs), and IP STBs.
IP STBs, IPTV services, and IPTV subscribers are further split by pure IPTV vs. hybrid IPTV/over-the-air vs. hybrid IPTV/QAM.
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