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 in 2011.
• 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.