Study: Digital set-top sales to top 45 M units in 2002
Inventory gluts aside, the digital cable set-top market will grow this year, with worldwide sales, including cable, satellite and terrestrial platforms, reaching 45 million units, a study says.
Digital Set-Top Boxes: Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial Opportunities from Allied Business Intelligence points out the industry sold 36 million units in 2001 and 28 million in 2000. Global sales should reach 88 million boxes in 2007, with revenue in the $13.9 billion range, the research firm says.
Digital services will prompt more powerful boxes and, in turn, prompt more compelling services, ABI says. The trend has been to scale back on putting too many features into the boxes too soon, with vendors starting to offer mid-range boxes that allow a few advanced services while keeping "some level of profitability and at the same time keeping an eye to the future of interactive TV and the features that come with it," it says.
The report looks at the shift toward digital set-top boxes, analyzes vendors, and details the related operating system and middleware markets. Its projections are also segmented by location.