Report: IPTV Usage Up 113% in 200825 Mar, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) usage in North America more than doubled in 2008, compared to 2007, according to new data from The Broadband Forum.
With IPTV usage in North America up 113% from 2007, there are now nearly 4 million IPTV subscribers in the region. Western Europe still has the majority of the world’s IPTV subscribers, with more than 10 million of the 21.7 million worldwide.
“During 2008, IPTV operators showed that TV over IP could be deployed on a large scale,” said John Bonsell, a senior analyst with Point Topic, which contributed to the data. “That has been the case particularly in the U.S.A.”
America is second only to China in terms of total broadband availability, followed by Japan, Germany and France. DSL remains the No. 1 broadband option worldwide, with fiber second.
“This report shows that despite the economic situation the world is facing, the demand for both broadband and IPTV continues to expand,” said Broadband Forum president and chairman George Dobrowski.