World Wide Analog Mobile TV to Grow 6x to 300 Million by 2013

Telegent Systems and In-Stat reported a worldwide user base of 54
million mobile TV consumers in 2009 and predicts 6x growth to 300
million users by 2013 .

"The adoption of analog mobile TV handsets has been driven by the
most powerful force in the mobile industry: consumers," said Frank
Dickson, vice president of research at In-Stat. "Analog mobile TV has
two very fundamental and compelling advantages - cost and availability.
The infrastructure is already in place, there are no new standards that
need to be enacted and the service is free to consumers - a very
powerful combination."

How often is often?

  •  More than half of free-to-air analog mobile TV consumers surveyed reported watching mobile TV at least three times a week, with 20% of respondents in all regions watching daily. In some geographies, 40% or more watched daily.
  • Approximately two-thirds of respondents reported viewing mobile TV for thirty minutes or more on the days that they watched TV, dispelling the notion that it will ultimately be a vehicle for "TV snacking" when away from home.
  •  While news and sports were popular among mobile TV viewers, most favored a mix of program types.
  •  Popular use cases for watching mobile TV included while in transit, while at home and during breaks at work. In Indonesia, where traffic is notoriously bad, the "in-transit" use case predominated.mobiletvworldmarket.jpg

More than 85% of the world's population will continue to have access
to analog signals for the next several years or longer. In-Stat expects
free-to-air analog mobile TV to do well in countries which have not yet
formulated plans for digital TV, or if they have, in countries where
analog will remain for more than five years. In-Stat also observes that
there are large numbers of consumers living in geographies where the
average subscriber doesn't have the resources to pay for
subscription-based mobile TV or for the data services that support
over-the-top video.

"In-Stat's research findings help to validate our statement to the
marketplace that analog mobile TV is a very compelling content offering
to a wireless operator's subscriber base and to consumers," said
Telegent CEO Weijie Yun. "The success of free-to-air mobile TV is the
result of two primary drivers: 1) content - the fact that the content
that consumers view is the same broadcast as what they watch on
conventional TV and 2) the universal coverage enabling consumers to
watch it in almost every corner around the world."

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