While telco and satellite TV providers worldwide saw "robust" sub growth in the 1st half of ’13, cable’s growth was nearly flat, according to ABI Research. In totally, 23mln new subs were added during the period, a 3% YOY increase. Meanwhile, while Asia-Pacific is expected to continue to be the main contributor of sub net additions, the North America pay-TV market is growing at its slowest rate, with any growth mainly driven by telco providers. ABI expects global pay-TV subs to reach 895mln by the end of the year, generating service revenue of $245bln. By the end of the year, telco TV service revenue market share is expected to reach 14% while cable TV providers service revenue market share could potentially decrease to 46%. — Time Warner Cable‘s latest stipend, as part of its Research Program on Digital Communications, will support a research initiative titled "National Broadband Plan—An LGBT Perspective." The project, a collaboration between the LGBT Technology Partnership and Jessie Daniels of Hunter College, seeks to increase understanding of the broadband and digital communications needs of LGBT communities and offer recommendations on how regulators can address those needs and ensure inclusion. TWC’s research program has made 21 awards to 29 researchers to date. The next deadline for stipend applications is Nov 1.