A new study says the global market for digital set-top boxes should grow about 10 percent by 2015, from 206 million units to some 226 million units as the transition from analog television to all-digital continues around the world.
ABI Research said the U.S. and Western Europe likely will see shipments slow since the digital transition is largely complete, regions like Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe will see accelerating shipments. China, it said, will be a rising star, seeing shipments there increase about 10 percent per year.
"Cable boxes decline in the short term due to cable's failure to compete in the North American markets; however they grow in the long term due to significant numbers of new subscribers in China and, to a lesser extent, India," says ABI Research senior analyst Sam Rosen. "Digital terrestrial boxes see the largest platform growth worldwide as countries in Asia-Pacific and Latin America move through their digital transitions and toward analog shutoff of broadcasts."
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