Digital satellite pay TV platforms continue to grow in many areas of the world, and are expected to enjoy higher profitability over the next several years, according to In-Stat/MDR. ¶ However, growth in some mature regional markets is slowing or stagnating, the high-tech research firm says. ¶ "We expect 40 million worldwide DTH pay-TV subscribers to be added through 2008 as compared to the 61 million digital DTH pay-TV subscribers that were active at the end of 2003," said In-Stat/MDR analyst Michelle Abraham. "In addition to an increasing subscriber base, the industry's profits are on the rise due to reductions in equipment costs, increases in package pricing, and new revenues from new services and features." ... Link: Designtechnica News.