For China’s TV broadcasting industry, 2005 is a crucial year, marking the starting point for the nation’s deployment of digital TV (DTV), Internet protocol TV (IPTV) and mobile TV. Market research firm iSuppli believes that 2005 will represent the take-off point for China’s DTV transition, with 2.6 million cable DTV subscribers expected by the end of the year, up from 800,000 in 2004.
Furthermore, iSuppli believes that 2005 is the incipient year for the development of China’s IPTV infrastructure, with the number of subscribers receiving programs via IP set-top boxes (IP-STBs) expected to mount to 100,000 units by year-end. This also will mark the first real year for the nation’s mobile TV sector.
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