Cable & Telecom

Price increases, not subscriber growth, driving DTH

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Direct-to-home satellite TV companies' revenue is growing at a faster pace than their subscribers, says a new report from In-Stat. Worldwide annual average revenue per user (ARPU) is growing via price increases and additional services. Revenues will be US$46 billion in 2005 and will rise to US$80 billion in 2009, the high-tech market research firm says. "In countries where DTH pay-TV has been available for over five years, as in North America and Europe, the market is mature and subscriber growth is slowing," says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. "Where DTH pay-TV platforms were launched after 2000, subscriber...