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IP STB sees strong market

Posted: 26 Sep 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP STB? set top box market? server/client architecture?

Although the set top box (STB) market has reached a state of equilibrium and is considered a mature market, its IP STB segment continues to expand and is expected to approach 21 million in 2011, according to a research by In-Stat.

"The recent uptick in IP STB is a result of Telcos gaining subscribers from cable and satellite providers as well as replacing the boxes of current subscribers," stated Michelle Abraham, research director at In-Stat.

"Future increases for IP STB shipments will likely be driven by service providers moving to a server/client architecture where there is a media gateway/server located in the media room of the house that shares its content with client boxes that are distributed throughout the rest of the home.�These client boxes will be IP STBs. DirectTV is one of the first providers to offer this service, but In-Stat expects that others will follow over the next few years," she added.

The research titled "Worldwide IP Set Top Boxes" revealed that Motorola remained the market share leader in 2010 with 21 percent of the market. North America IP STB unit shipments will increase 48 percent next year. In 2013, Western Europe will account for 46 percent of worldwide IP STB revenues.

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