Global IPTV subs break 100MN barrier for first time
Joseph O'Halloran
In its quarterly round-up of the market, Point Topic has found that the IPTV arena has continued its steady growth over the last year and has now broken the 100 million mark for the first time.

The research house found that the IPTV market grew by 4.8% in the first quarter of 2014, the same as in the preceding quarter, representing 4.6 million new subscriptions and taking the total number of subscriptions to 100.9 million. This also means that the market has continued its recovery since the second quarter of 2013 when growth stalled significantly.

Looking at where the growth is, Point Topic found that Eastern Europe reported the highest level of IPTV growth in Q1 2014 with net additions of 0.63 million resulting in growth of 11.6%. East Asia led the way for net additions with 2.58 million new subscriptions being added in the quarter, an increase of 5.7% on the Q4 2013 number. Interestingly, North America was a noticeable laggard in the IPTV stakes in terms of both growth and subscriber numbers. Europe, despite having significant volumes, also grew slowly over the quarter.

With 32.1 million subscribers, China was the leading IPTV nation way ahead of France with 14.8 million subs. The US claimed 12.3 million subscribers, followed by South Korea (9.1 million) and Japan (4.5 million).