Cable modem service and digital video service have helped North American cable operators more than double their average revenue per subscriber in the past five years, according to In-Stat. Thanks to infrastructure upgrades in recent years, virtually all leading cable TV operators are now able to offer these new services across their entire operational footprint. ¶ “These expanded digital services are allowing cable operators to differentiate their services from competing telecommunications and pay-TV service providers,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. “In effect, cable modem service and digital cable video service is permitting the creation of a compelling service bundle that attracts new customers to cable TV services, while helping to keep existing customers from changing their service provider.” ¶ In-Stat has also found that: • Cable modem service revenues have become increasingly important to cable operators. Worldwide revenues for cable modem services exceeded $18 billion in 2004, up from $14 billion in 2003. • There were 42 million worldwide cable modem subscribers at the end of 2004, up from a total of 31 million at year-end 2003. • Worldwide digital cable TV video service subscribers reached 42 million at year-end 2004, a 20% increase over subscriber totals in 2003. North America accounted for 27 million of these digital cable TV video subscribers. ... Link: In-Stat press release.