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Global Uptake of Ultra HD via DTH to Reach Nearly 300 Channels by 2023

New NSR Report Forecasts Ultra HD to Grow Exponentially After 2015 DTH Debut

WILMINGTON, DE and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- NSR's newly released Global Direct-to-Home (DTH) Markets, 7th Edition finds that by 2023, nearly 300 Ultra HD TV channels will be broadcast globally by Direct to Home (DTH) operators, with Ultra HD present in every region worldwide within the next decade. This exceptional growth will occur following the introduction of the first Ultra HD channels into DTH subscriber homes by late 2015, where consumers will be able to get their hands -- and eyes -- onto this ground-breaking content for the first time.

Utilizing this technology as a key differentiator against terrestrial and IPTV competitors, DTH platforms will continue to expand Ultra HD offerings. NSR's DTH7 finds that leasing revenues for Ultra HD content will reach $125M by 2023, and during the period of 2013-2023, cumulative leasing revenues from Ultra HD will approach nearly $500M, despite today having no leasing revenue attributable to Ultra HD.

"Over 3.1 million Ultra HD TV sets were shipped in 2013, despite a lack of Ultra HD channels being broadcast yet, with the exception of a handful of demo channels, as well as some limited content via IPTV and YouTube," explains Alan Crisp, NSR Analyst and report co-author. This shows the pent up demand for Ultra HD, and helps support the "chicken-and-egg" phenomenon that occurs with any new technological standard.

While the majority of these channels will be broadcast in established regions such as North America and Western Europe, East Asia is also proving to be a frontrunner. By 2023 it is expected that several dozen Ultra HD channels will be broadcast in East Asia, and even today the excitement surrounding this new technology is palpable in countries such as Japan, South Korea, and China.

"Despite the perception that Ultra HD is solely a 'developed market' phenomenon, we anticipate that developing regions such as greater China and South Asia will also contribute demand for Ultra HD content," explains Blaine Curcio, NSR Analyst and report co-author. "With this global proliferation, content providers will find greater economies of scale in producing Ultra HD content. In fact, all signs point to Ultra HD picking up significant steam moving forward, on a truly global scale. Further, we believe that Ultra HD, unlike 3D TV, will be able to sustain momentum and consumer interest moving forward, and will ultimately win out as the new 'latest and greatest' technological choice for consumers."

About the Report
In its 7th Edition, NSR's annual report provides the industry's most in-depth analysis of the satellite DTH market. Global Direct-to-Home (DTH) Markets, 7th Edition builds upon previous editions, with more interviews with major DTH operators and platforms than ever before. With a greater focus on dynamic developing regions, the report examines growth in some surprising and unexpected places. The report's findings, broken down regionally, outline trends throughout the DTH industry relating to ARPUs, subscriber numbers, channels, churn rates, and more, with 2013-2014 year data and NSR's signature qualitative analysis. For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit or call NSR at +1- 302-295-4981.

About NSR
NSR is a leading international market research and consulting firm with a core focus on the satellite sector and related industries. Founded in 2000 and with an experienced group of analysts located in all regions, NSR specializes in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media, Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space.

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