Research company In-Stat forecasts that by 2016, 100 million households worldwide will actively use hybrid services delivered to their TV. Hybrid set-top boxes include both a TV tuner and internet connection to receive services via the internet as well as, say, by ASTRA satellites. In-Stat’s report, Worldwide Hybrid Set-Top Boxes, reveals that the US is currently the leader for hybrid TV households, with 23 million hybrid boxes expected by the end of 2012, but the UK, France, and Germany are coming on strong, and most of Europe will have hybrid services by 2016 with Europe’s Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard gaining dominance by the end of 2013.
Meanwhile, according to a report from Digital TV Research, across the 40 most developed nations of the world, the level of penetration of HD-ready TV sets is set to more than double from 300 million at the end of last year to 652 million (almost 51%) in 2016. However, in the top 18 countries, the report predicts that HD-ready penetration will be over 80%, which Digital TV Research estimates will be high enough for broadcasters and pay TV operators to consider ending standard definition transmissions.
ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E, 28.2°E, 23.5°E, 5°E and 31.5°E currently broadcast over 330 high definition channels.