Global IPTV subscriber numbers – Q4 2013

IPTV subscriber numbers rise to 96m at the end of 2013

Point Topic tracks the take-up of IPTV subscription services across the globe every quarter. This report looks at the latest growth trends up to the end of 2013.

IPTV subscriber numbers and growth

At the end of December 2013, there were 96m IPTV subscriptions across the globe. In the 12 months since Q4 2012, the IPTV subscriber market grew by 21%, with 17m net additions.

Figure 1: Global IPTV subscription numbers and growth to Q4 2013. Source – Point Topic

Regional IPTV growth and net additions

As we and see from the table below, Africa is starting to grow its IPTV subscriber base.  There is limited headroom for fixed IPTV services in the region, however there are a number of new deployments that are expected to take place in the coming quarters which should provide further growth opportunities.

America – Other is at the bottom of the table as far as annual growth goes with Mexico in particular struggling to retain customers.  There is good evidence of churn to OTT video services rather than to competing fixed broadband-based  IPTV services with pricing and availability being contributory factors.

Figure 2: IPTV quarterly and annual growth by region to Q4 2013. Source – Point Topic

Top 10 IPTV subscriber countries

The top ten for Q4 2013 has a new entrant with Belgium being displaced by Viet Nam.  An indication of the saturation in some of the more mature markets and a promise of things to come in those markets where there is more headroom for growth.

The UK and Netherlands swapped places as the UK reported a drop in IPTV subscribers.  This may indicate the increased competition in the market from the OTT suppliers (Netflix etc.).

Figure 3: Top 10 IPTV subscriber countries in Q4 2013

Find out more

The data used in this report is taken from Point Topic’s Global Broadband Statistics service. Customers have access to the full version of the report as well as the subscriber number database which includes information at operator, country and regional level. Please telephone +44 (0)20 3301 3303 or e-mail toby.french@point-topic.com for more details.

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