Report: 2013 a downer for set-top boxes, but gateways strong
The global set-top box market slumped last year, but shipments of cable and satellite video gateways continued to surge.
According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, the global set-top box market, which included IP, cable, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) media servers, totaled $18 billion last year, which was a 10 percent decline from 2012.
“The overall set-top box (STB) market declined in 2013, but cable and satellite video gateways had a very strong year, with shipments growing 333 percent and 98 percent, respectively,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “Video gateways collapse the STB and broadband CPE into a single device, and it’s for this reason we expect to see a long-term shift to these devices, at least in North America, to reduce capex in multiple TV set homes.”
Pace closed out 2013 as the worldwide STB and unit share leader, but Arris claimed the revenue share lead in the fourth quarter. On the strength of its telco IP STB sales, Cisco finished second in STB revenue last year.
The report said that the use of OTT media servers was growing, not only for consumer multimedia use in the home, but also for service providers delivering pay-TV services as an app over a broadband connection
Infonetics expects global IP video gateway revenue to grow at a 79 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018.