Despite slight erosion in markets like the U.S., pay TV penetration across 138 countries will expand to 886 million households, or 57.1 percent of all homes, by the end of 2014, a jump from 715 million and 49.1 percent in 2010.
Around 60 per cent of pay-TV services in the informitv Multiscreen Index now deliver to multiple screens other than a traditional television, including smartphones, tablets and other network-connected devices.
Belying the ongoing belief that OTT will conquer all, U.K. firm Digital TV Research believes that the pay TV universe will actually expand and reach 1 billion households by 2018.
Initial results from LTE interference tests in the UK indicate that the impact from LTE signals on digital TV reception is much lower than originally anticipated.
Italy's Ministry of Economic Development will call upon mobile operators Vodafone Italia, Telecom Italia Mobile and Wind to establish a fund to resolve any interference problems LTE services at 800 MHz cause to digital TV reception.
Ericsson is pushing further into the TV and media business with the acquisition of IT consultancy Devoteam's Telecom & Media operations in France. The move will see 400 French-based consultants with expertise in IP multimedia subsystems, delivery platforms and radio/TV networks join Ericsson by the second quarter.
The four major UK operators have formed a joint venture to accelerate the launch of LTE services by pushing for the removal of TV channels from the 800 MHz band.
IPTV is taking off in Latin America, and Colombia is leading the way, according to a report from British firm Digital TV Research, which predicted the number of homes paying for IPTV will take off from a very low base to reach 4.8 million by 2017.
Only 33 Swedish residents have complained that their TV reception is suffering from interference caused by LTE operating in the same 800MHz band, and the Swedish telecoms regulator, Post &
The UK government said £180 million will be collected from the forthcoming LTE auction to deal with the interference caused to digital TV services by LTE networks. To fix the problem, the UK