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HDTV-capable Telco Lines To Pass More Than 35 Million Homes by 2010, According to Freesky Research


ARLINGTON, Va, August 28, 2007 – Since the mid-90s, there has been tremendous hype about telco TV services, much of it never fulfilled. However, with the major carriers now bringing fiber into homes, and VDSL2 services into neighborhoods, the addressable market for HDTV over copper and fiber phone lines is growing close to 30% per year.

“At the same time that they are making multi-billion dollar investments in their access networks, telephone carriers are overestimating the number of TVs that are on at one time, particularly with teenagers spending less time watching television than they did a few years ago”, according to David Gross, author of the report. “Additionally, with over 60,000 remote terminals equipped with DSL cards, and 55% of U.S. households occupied by fewer than three people, there is a large population base to whom local carriers can offer HDTV, in spite of the well-documented challenges of running VDSL2 on loops over 2,000 feet.”

The report “IPTV and the Future of Satellite Content Distribution” quantifies the addressable market for SDTV and HDTV services through detailed wireline network statistics, while assessing the impact of online video and CDNs on the satellite distribution services upon which broadcast media depends. A description of the report and table of contents are posted on the company’s website at

About Freesky Research

Based in the Washington, DC area, Freesky Research is a market analysis firm providing topical coverage of data communications in air & space, as well as comprehensive addressable market statistics for services across the telecommunications industry.


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