Following recent news about changes in the set-top box arena and expectations of a market slide after a coming peak, Dell'Oro Group has reported that the worldwide STB market contracted about 2 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter this year. The market was worth about $3.5 billion in Q3. However, while shipments of cable and satellite-specific STBs were lower, IPTV STBs are still seeing increases in shipments. Dell'Oro said IP STB shipments were up about 30 percent for the same period, with Cisco Systems and market leader Motorola among the beneficiaries.
Greg Collins, vice president at Dell'Oro Group, said in a press release that economic crisis is taking a toll. "The economic difficulty and very tight credit markets will result in significantly less home construction and thus a smaller market opportunity for set-top boxes," he stated.
- Here's the Dell'Oro press release
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