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espaeth
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Re: STB? - Who Cares

said by pnh102:

I'm more interested in the total number of pay tv subscribers over time. Methinks it has been flat, as the only way one provider can get new customers is to poach them from another provider.

The rate of growth is slowing, but it's definitely not flat.



Source: »blog.telegeography.com/post/2855···6a45c650

These are global stats.


pnh102
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I can see how non-US markets being crucial for US-based content providers... but it seems the US market itself is rather flat.

»news.investors.com/article/62181···loss.htm

Pay TV service, at least in the US, has nowhere to go but down.
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said by pnh102:

I can see how non-US markets being crucial for US-based content providers... but it seems the US market itself is rather flat.

»news.investors.com/article/62181···loss.htm

Pay TV service, at least in the US, has nowhere to go but down.

Q2 numbers have been the worst in the cycle for the last few years.

See:



Also, 2012 Q1 posted a 494,000 net subscriber increase before the 348,000 loss in Q2 -- so it's still net positive on the year.


Source: »paidcontent.org/2012/05/11/pay-t···d-in-q1/

It's only been relatively flat the last couple years, and that's largely a reflection of the economy.

Still, when you have 100 million subscribers in the US paying for TV, it's pretty easy to see why you'd want to make a device that would appeal to some of them.

Note that the major area of growth is TelcoTV, and Verizon is still using QAM delivery for TV, hence a "cable box" would be usable for them as well.


pnh102
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I'm certainly not disputing that the current market for pay TV in the US is huge, it definitely is. I am just not seeing it as a growing industry as it used to be say, 10 or 20 years ago.

But given the price increases and the continuing problems with the economy, I just don't see these numbers increasing as a whole.
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I still pay for TV, but oly per-episode for the 'cable' shows I want, commercial-free, via Amazon Video.

Broadcast channels all recorded over-the-air via a TivoHD.