SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — The set-top box market
will see segments of significant growth in 2011,
according to a study released Tuesday by the
NPD Group’s In-Stat team.
As a whole, the set-top box (STB) market can
be categorized as a mature one, In-Stat said, but
the IP STB market segment is growing and is forecast
to ship more than 21 million units in 2011.
“The recent uptick in IP set-top boxes is a
result of telcos gaining subscribers from cable
and satellite providers, as well as replacing the
boxes of current subscribers,” said Michelle
Abraham, In-Stat research director. “Future increases
for IP set-top box 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.”
Recent In-Stat research found the following:
• The IP set-top box market will grow 14 percent
• Motorola remained the market share leader in
2010, with 21 percent of the market.
• North American IP STB unit shipments will increase
48 percent in 2012.
• In 2013, Western Europe will account for 46
percent of worldwide IP STB revenues.