Global DTV transition to rise in 2010?
Earlier in June 2009, the US congress has mandated that all full-power television stations in the country will stop broadcasting in analog. Only 710,000 US homes could still not get a digital television signal as of August 2009, according to the latest numbers from Nielsen. That means that 99.4 percent of the US homes are able to receive a digital signal.
Global TV shipments showed a spark of recovery in Q3’09 amid an easing global economic recession, reports DisplaySearch. Spanish telco Telefonica has increased its global pay-TV subscriber base by 15 percent to a total of 2.5 million in the 12 months to the end of September 2009.
Research firm iSuppli predicts that 36 percent of digital sets sold in 2013 will be only wired network-enabled, while 34 percent will be wireless network-enabled. DTV revenue in Asia-Pacific will see a 6.3 percent compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2013, the fastest growth among the major regions, except for rest-of-world.
According to Marci Ryvicker, broadcasting and cable analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, the DTV transition, aka digital switchover or analog switch-off, has helped cable TV, satellite TV and telco TV service providers to add about 653,000 subscribers in 2009.
Brian O’Rourke, In-Stat analyst, said: “DTVs are competing with computers to be the entertainment hub of the home. Sets with Internet connectivity are already commercially available in the US, Europe, and Japan. Models from Hitachi, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony can connect directly to the internet without a home computer.”
- DTV transition high in the US.
- Digital telecast produces high-quality picture and clear sound.
- Betting closes on December 31, 2009.
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