Global IPTV subscriptions have topped the 100m mark for the first time. The market grew by 4.8% in the first quarter of 2014, which matched the growth rate achieved in the last quarter of 2013. There were 4.6m new subscriptions during the Q1 2014 period, taking the total number of subscriptions to 100.9m.
Eastern Europe reported the highest level of IPTV growth in Q1 2014 with net additions of 0.63m resulting in growth of 11.6%. East Asia, predictably given the size of the market, leads the way for net additions with 2.58m new subscriptions being added in the quarter, an increase of 5.7% on the Q4 2013 number.
The top ten IPTV countries for Q1 2014 remains broadly static although the gap between the UK and the Netherlands is slightly larger than previously, with those two countries having swapped places a couple of times in recent times.
It should be remembered that this report only covers video services purchased from fixed broadband operators, usually as part of a bundle of services. IPTV faces stiff competition from OTT providers as well as terrestrial and cable-TV networks whose subscriptions are not included in this analysis..