For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader.
Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box (STB) revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion. The IP set-top box segment grew the most during the third quarter, with revenue up 27 percent over the preceding quarter. Infonetics also said that 45 percent of all set-top boxes shipped had HD capabilities.
“We increased our long-term overall STB forecast, due mainly to a pickup in the pace of cable and satellite STB shipments in the Asia Pacific region, principally in China and India; Infonetics expects the global STB market to grow to $16.6 billion in 2016,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research.
In a separate report, Infonetics took a look at the video infrastructure market, which will get a boost next year from multi-screen services.
“Operators are being extremely cautious with their video infrastructure spending right now, looking to sweat their assets as much as they can knowing that a spending spree looms on the horizon to support more unicast and multi-screen services, including RS-DVR, Start Over, Look Back and streaming delivery to mobile devices,” Heynen said. “We expect a noticeable jump in video equipment spending in 2013.”
Highlights from the VOD and encoder report included:
- Infonetics has increased its long-term forecast for the overall video infrastructure market to $1.1 billion by 2016, as operators worldwide migrate to MPEG-4 HD encoders to support higher picture quality using less bandwidth and as multi-screen services take off.
- For the third quarter, VOD and encoder equipment revenue fell 3 percent compared to the previous quarter, with all regions declining by single digits.
- Following two consecutive quarters of declines, spending on VOD and streaming content servers grew 2 percent in the third quarter.
- Infonetics forecasts the number of IPTV subscribers to nearly double between 2012 and 2016, from 83 million to 165 million worldwide.
For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.