Digital TV Research predicts that 2013 will be a good year for pay-TV revenues in North America. However, according to a new report, 2013 will also be the year from which revenues will drop off almost $91 billion, to $88.2 billion, by 2017. Meanwhile, IPTV penetration is forecast to rise 73% between 2011 and 2017, reaching 15.8 million TV households. Digital TV Research goes on to say that pay-TV penetration is approaching the saturation point in Canada and the U.S., forcing pay TV operators to fight between themselves for new subscribers. The operators are coming at this from multiple angles as they push for full, 100% digital penetration by 2016 . Most analog cable subscribers will migrate to digital cable, but IPTV also stands to gain ground, especially considering the telcos’ recent aggressive pricing policies.
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