Trace outlines digital STB roadmap
The digital set-top box market is poised to grow its installed base by 62 percent this year, one analysis says.
An analysis of the 12-largest cable operators in North America by Trace Strategies Inc. found that by the end of 2002, this group of 12 cablecos will deploy a combined 9.39 million digital STBs. More than any other applications, Trace predicts North American cable operators will roll out video-on-demand services. This year, 15 different types of digital set-top box models - from Motorola, Scientific-Atlanta, Pioneer Digital, Sony and Pace Micro Technologies — will be used to rollout interactive applications.
According to the "2002 North American Digital Cable Roadmap of Vendors, Applications and Customer Premise Equipment," the Motorola DCT-2000 digital set-top will account for 51 percent of the total 2002 STB installed base in North America. The report also found that Cablevision Systems Corp. will experience the largest increase in digital STB deployment growth of any cable operator in 2002. The average North American operator will deploy an additional 782,500 digital set-top boxes by year-end.
Trace identifies the group of 12 as Adelphia Communications Corp., AOL Time Warner Inc., AT&T Broadband, Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Cogeco, Comcast Corp., Cox Communications, Insight Communications, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications and Videotron Inc.