New York—According to new research, IPTV subscriptions worldwide grew by 4.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, with the 4.6 million new additions bringing the total to over 100 million for the first time since the video delivery technology was first deployed commercially over ten years ago.
In a new report on IPTV market research firm Point Topic claims that subscriber growth in Q1 2014 was equal to Q4 2013, with the IPTV total at the end of March reaching 100.9 million. China was the leading IPTV market in Q1, with 32.7 million subscriptions, followed by France (14.8 million), the US (12.3 million) and South Korea (9.1 million).
East Europe saw the highest level of growth—at 11.6 percent—in Q1, with net additions of 0.63 million. After that East Asia led the way, with 5.7 percent growth, equivalent to 2.58 million new subscriptions, compared to the preceding quarter.
Lower down the list, Russia, Germany and the UK occupied fifth, sixth and seventh place, with 3.6 million, 2.7 million and 1.9 million subscriptions respectively.