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Worlwide Pay-TV Revenue Grew to $240 Billion

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest pay-TV market study -- which tracks the telco Internet protocol television (IPTV), cable video, and satellite video entertainment services market.

"We're seeing continued growth in the pay-TV market, driven by providers' ability to offer voice/video/data service bundles, a broad range of linear and on-demand content, and advanced services, such as multi-room DVR and multi-screen video delivery," says Teresa Mastrangelo, directing analyst for video at Infonetics Research.

Although cable MSOs continued to be challenged by competition from IPTV and satellite operators, the overall market remains robust, despite the attractiveness and affordability of over-the-top (OTT) online video entertainment services.

Infonetics latest market study highlights include:

- Worldwide revenue derived by providers of IPTV, cable video, and satellite video services grew to $240 billion in 2010, up 11 percent over 2009.

- Video services experiencing the strongest revenue growth are IPTV services (up 45 percent in 2010) and satellite video services (up 13 percent).

- Cable video services continue to make up (by far) the largest portion of total video service revenue, although growth in the cable video service segment is slowing.

- DIRECTV, which enjoys the highest video service ARPU in the industry, is the global leader for video service revenue.

- The top 20 revenue leaders account for 53 percent of total video services revenue.

- With more than 22.8 million video service subscribers worldwide, Comcast maintains its lead in the race for subscribers.

- In 2010, the fastest growing video services markets were in Asia Pacific and Central and Latin America, driven by analog-to-digital conversion activity and strong new subscriber growth in markets such as Brazil, India, Malaysia, and Mexico.

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