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Cable video gateways to top 10 million units in 2016

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cable video gateway? set top box? network processor?

Cable video gateways are forecast to increase from less than 700 thousand units last year to more than 10 million in 2016. This is according to ABI Research who also said cable operators in North America and Europe are looking at advanced gateway products from vendors such as Pace, Samsung and Technicolor to deliver advanced services and content to every device in the home including TVs, tablets and smartphones.

"Cable gateway boxes can be more cost-effective, especially in homes with three or more TV screens, compared to traditional set-top box architectures," noted Jason Blackwell, practice director, ABI Research. Cable gateways, used in conjunction with IP-only thin-client set top boxes, give operators the ability to centralize costly cable tuners, hard drives used to offer DVR functions and network processors at one location in the home. In addition, these centralized architectures help to provide operators with a migration strategy from traditional QAM broadcasting to IP video.

"Surprisingly, the feature-rich devices that many manufacturers are showcasing today account for only 30 percent of the total marketwith low-cost devices used to deliver triple play services in an integrated fashion in Asia accounting for a larger component of the video gateway forecast," stated Sam Rosen, senior analyst, ABI Research. "The set top box market today is showing increasing polarization between high-end models with 3D user interfaces and low-cost boxes used to bring millions of customers pay-TV services for the first time in their lives."

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