MUMBAI: India is expected to overtake the US in 2017 in terms of digital TV penetration while China will have the most pay TV subs at 315 million by end-2017, according to a study by Digital TV Research.

India will follow behind China with pay TV subscribers touching 145 million, the study said.

Based on forecasts for 80 countries, the number of digital TV homes will double between 2011 and 2017 to 1,323 million, according to the new report.

The digital TV world household forecasts report estimates that global digital penetration will climb from 48.6 per cent at end-2011 to 86.7 per cent by 2017.

Of the 648 million digital TV homes to be added between 2011 and 2017, 259 million will come from digital cable. Primary FTA DTT [homes taking DTT but not subscribing to cable, DTH or IPTV] will bring in a further 174 million, with pay DTT adding 5 million. Pay IPTV will increase by 114 million, with pay DTH up 66 million and FTA DTH 31 million.

Report author Simon Murray said: