Global pay TV market passes 900 million subscribers

The number of global pay TV subscribers increased by more than 5% in 2013, reaching a total of 901.1 million, according to new stats from ABI Research.  The research firm said that in general the international pay TV market grew both in terms of service revenue and subscribers, with overall revenues reaching almost US$250 billion […]

LCD panel shipments see seasonal decline

LCD panel shipments are set for a “moderate seasonal decline” this quarter after seeing record shipments for TV and tablets in the last three months of 2013, according to the latest report from IHS Technology. Global LCD panel shipments for the first quarter will reach 220 million units, down 9% on the quarter to December, […]

‘Phablet’ shipments set to reach 120 million

Shipments of ‘phablet’ devices – smartphones with large displays of 5.6 inches or more – are due to reach more than 120 million units by 2018, according to new stats by Juniper Research. Juniper claims that shipments of the devices, which are designed to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, will climb from an […]

YouTube: 80% of views coming from outside US

YouTube said that 80% of all site views are now coming outside of the US, with the “global community is driving pop culture unlike ever before.” Announcing the video site’s top videos of the year, YouTube said that comic music video ‘The Fox’ by Ylvis was the top trending video of 2013 with more than […]

OTT device shipments to hit 1.7 billion units

More than 1.7 billion devices capable of streaming over-the-top (OTT) video from services like Netflix and Hulu are due to be shipped by the end of the year, according to new research by IHS. The Consumer Electronics Topical Report predicts that OTT-enabled device shipments will jump 20% compared to last year, when 1.43 billion units were […]

Global TV ad revenues to to hit US$171 billion next year

Global TV ad revenues are set to climb by 5.2% next year to reach US$171 billion, driven by improving consumer and corporate confidence, and the summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.  The new research claims that the rise will follow a smaller increase of just 1.9% in TV ad […]

Global set-top box revenue drops 9%

Worldwide set-top box revenue dropped 9% year-on-year in the second quarter to US$4.3 billion (€3.15 billion) following shipment declines in Western Europe and North America, according to Infonetics Research.  The market research firm said that set-top revenue from OTT media servers and IP, cable, satellite and DTT boxes was also down 3% in Q2 compared […]

Global pay TV market grows by 23 million subscribers

The global pay TV market added 23 million new subscribers in the first two quarters of 2013, marking an increase of 3% according to new figures by ABI Research.  The firm said that it now expects worldwide pay TV subscribers to reach 895 million by the end of 2013, generating service revenues of US$245 billion […]

Malaysia takes Astro-On-The-Go global

Malaysian pay TV operator has started to roll out its subscription VoD service Astro-On-The-Go (AOTG) around the world, in a bid to turn its service into a global brand.  Astro Awani, Astro’s 24-hour news channel, and selected live events on sports channel Astro Arena, are now available to Malaysians globally who have registered to the […]

Liberty Global increases stake in Telenet ahead of planned reorganisation

Liberty Global has increased its stake in Belgian cable operator Telenet to over 58% after making a cash offer for shares in the company that it did not already own. Liberty Global previously owned 50.4% of Telenet. Liberty Global intends to align the strategy and operations of Telenet with the rest of the international cable […]