Telco TV has limited availability in the US today. Verizon and AT&T have passed significant milestones in a short period of time, but even with rapid growth, there are still plenty of areas without access either to FiOS or U-verse services. (My neighborhood included) Which is why I find it interesting that telco TV revenues are predicted to shift more heavily in the direction of both North America and Europe over the next four years. According to a June MRG report, by 2014, North America and Europe together will generate a larger share of global telco TV revenue than the larger Asian markets, partly because of subscriber additions, and partly because of higher ARPUs in the western world.
Meanwhile, SNL Kagan has positive things to say about cable’s financial future. Despite increased competition, the research firm says that cash-flow margins are still healthy for the industry. Again, credit high-margin services, though cable’s getting more profit from its high-speed data and voice offerings than it is from traditional TV subscriptions.