6% of European households to subscribe to IPTV by 2009

IDC estimates that the market for IPTV services in Western Europe was worth $62 mln in 2004, with less than 1% of households subscribing to IPTV services. The market will boom over the next 5 years, growing from $262 mln in 2005 to $2.5 bln in 2009. By 2009, 6% of Western European households will subscribe to IPTV services. By 2009, IDC expects that all European incumbents and a large portion of the major alternative tier 2 providers will offer IPTV services. DSL will be the most widely used platform for the service, though a minority of households in a few countries will receive IPTV services over metro Ethernet connections.