Freesky Research: HDTV-capable telco lines to pass 35 million homes by 2010

AUGUST 29, 2007 -- With the major carriers now bringing fiber into homes and VDSL2 services into neighborhoods, the addressable market for high-definition TV (HDTV) over copper and fiber phone lines is growing close to 30% per year, reveals a new report from Freesky Research.

AUGUST 29, 2007 -- Since the mid 1990s, there has been tremendous hype about telco TV services, much of it never fulfilled. However, with the major carriers now bringing fiber into homes and VDSL2 services into neighborhoods, the addressable market for high-definition TV (HDTV) over copper and fiber phone lines is growing close to 30% per year, reveals a new report from Freesky Research.

"At the same time that they are making multi-billion dollar investments in their access networks, telephone carriers are overestimating the number of TVs that are on at one time, particularly with teenagers spending less time watching television than they did a few years ago," notes David Gross, author of the report. "Additionally, with over 60,000 remote terminals equipped with DSL cards and 55% of U.S. households occupied by fewer than three people, there is a large population base to whom local carriers can offer HDTV, in spite of the well-documented challenges of running VDSL2 on loops over 2,000 feet."

The report, "IPTV and the Future of Satellite Content Distribution," quantifies the addressable market for standard and HDTV services.

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