According to the Broadband Forum, there are now 15.5 million IPTV subscribers worldwide, with 2.2 million out of that total coming from North America. Where in North America, I wonder? Or more to the point, what is the Broadband Forum defining as IPTV?
AT&T stated it had 378,000 U-verse subscribers as of the first quarter of this year – a nice increase from the 100K mark AT&T hit just last September, but nowhere near the 2.2 million number. Is Broadband Forum counting Verizon as IPTV? Part of the Verizon FiOS TV service uses IP, but part is RF-based, and it doesn’t typically get the IPTV classification. On the other hand, some folks use IPTV to refer to any kind of Telco TV, which would certainly include Verizon. Unless Canada has a huge number of IPTV deployments, I can only guess that the Broadband Forum is using Verizon to fill out its numbers. Interesting. I wonder what that means for the subscriber tallies in the rest of the world.