Revenues from digital cable TV services will increase by over a US$1 billion (€745 million) in eastern Europe over the next five years, according to new forecasts. Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that revenues in western Europe, meanwhile, will increase at a more modest rate but still increase by over US$1 billion across the same period.
Central and eastern European cablers generated a cumulative US$942 million from their digital services last year. As the rollout of digital progresses this will top the billion dollar mark in 2012, according to Informa, coming in at US$1.1 billion. The revenue total will increase at a similar rate through to 2016 at which point the region’s MSOs will make US$1.9 billion from their digital services.
Western Europe is much further ahead in terms of the transition from analogue to digital cable and throughout the region MSOs generated cumulative revenues of US$6.7 billion last year. Informa says that the total will top US$7 billion this year and rise steadily to US$8.4 billion in 2016.