Pay TV Worldwide: While it seems like the news for traditional television is all doom and gloom in the US, research firm Dataxis reports that the number of global pay TV subscribers climbed by 60 million between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017. The firm estimates that pay TV subscribers worldwide totaled 1.073 billion in the third quarter. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share of these subscribers, at 62%.
Mobile P2P Spike: Juniper Research expects the number of people using peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile payment services will hit 2.5 billion worldwide in 2018, up from 1.7 billion in 2016. The firm credits the rise to the increased use of social media apps like WeChat and Facebook which will incorporate P2P payment services into their core functions.
Hispanic Confidence High: The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index generated by the Florida Atlantic University's College of Business hit 93.5 during Q4 2017, an increase of 1.5 points from the previous quarter. About two-thirds of US Hispanics said they were better off financially in 2017 than they were the year prior, and most of them expected to have an improved financial situation in a year's time.