Recent reports say that telecom service providers Verizon and AT&T; are offering Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services to subscribers in the US. And a website has predicted that compared to the present 3.3 million subscribers now, the US will have around 12.7 million IPTV users by 2020.
Interestingly, one will find that the recent move by Verizon and AT&T; comes in the wake of a global rise in the number of IPTV subscriptions.
Already the number of IPTV subscribers in the US has doubled between March 2017 and March 2018. A study conducted by Point Topic and sponsored by The Broadband Forum says that the rise has been continuing for the second consecutive year as the IPTV subscriptions had doubled in the 2017-18 fiscal too.
It may be worth mentioning here that the global rise in broadband subscriptions, which has already touched the 370 million mark, has essentially stimulated the IPTV growth. What is, however, significant is the fact that the service providers have not made the total number of IPTV subscribers in the US available for the public, but released a region-wise break-up of the broadband subscriber figures.
According to Point Topic senior analyst John Bosnell, IPTV operators around the world have shown that the systems are scalable and can handle rapid growth in subscriber numbers.” Significantly, with the IPTV spreading its wings in the US as well as in other parts of the globe, all content is now available on demand. The Internet users are familiar with the process of searching and retrieving information from the Web. Likewise, IPTV service providers allow the subscribers to interrelate with the TV in a similar manner. If you are an IPTV subscriber there will be no instance when you will feel sorry for missing a show! IPTV stores all programs which can be later retrieved from the network. Isnt it something great and similar to the Internet content available on the Web?