US satellite subscription growth will slow in 2005 as operators DirecTV and EchoStar adopt more selective customer acquisition strategies.
That's the view of Canadian research firm, Convergence Consulting Group, which also cited increased competition from cable and the entrance into the pay-TV market of new internet protocol television (IPTV) providers as contributing factors in the slowdown.
Convergence Consulting said the US cable sector "will lose fewer basic subs 2005-6 due to aggressive triple play bundles" of TV, telephony and internet services.
The research group also forecast telecoms companies such as SBC and Verizon as having a 2% share of the US subscription TV market by the end of 2007.
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