Pay-TV subscriber growth to slow in 2013

The global pay-TV subscriber base is expected to top 900 million in 2013 according to recent estimates, driven largely by increased popularity of IPTV services and growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Market Research firm ABI Research says the global pay-TV market added almost 47 million net subscribers in 2012, pushing the global user count to 864 million. In 2013, however, the firm expects growth to slow as North American and Western European markets become saturated. According to ABI’s numbers, the global pay-TV market will add 43 million net subscribers in 2013 to reach 907 million by year-end. Internet-based TV services will account for 9 million net additions as cable’s share of the pay-TV market drops to 65.4% from 66.2% in 2012. High-definition

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