Shrugging off a blip in the previous quarter, the global IPTV market recovered in the third quarter of 2015 to record the second highest market advancement in the last 18 months.
According to the main findings of the Point Topic research, for the quarter ending 30 September 2015, global IPTV subscriptions reached 128 million adding more than a third of a million subscribers in the three-month period. Key global drivers included Spain’s Telefónica recovering growth during the quarter even though leading US telco AT&T saw IPTV subscribers fall 1.5% quarter on quarter due to its post DirecTV acquisition focus on satellite TV services.
Point Topic also noted that additions in Q3 2015 were the highest since the second quarter of 2014, boosted to a large extent by the market China. IPTV subscribers were also found to have continued to grow faster than fixed broadband in percentage terms.
“Coming from a lower base this isn’t unexpected but at the same time IPTV faces stiff competition from OTT providers as well as satellite, terrestrial and cable TV networks. Netflix and other similar providers are certainly affecting the markets where they are present. The fact that in recent months Netflix expanded their presence from 60 to more than 190 countries makes them a serious global player. At the same time, focus on the newly acquired satellite TV services meant that the US giant AT&T saw its IPTV subscribers decline 1.5% quarter on quarter,” said the company.