IMS Research says in a report that over-the-top video offerings provided by TV service providers are becoming more common, with operator-deployed hybrid set-top boxes accounting for almost 13 percent of global IP STB shipments in 2008. OTT-to-the-TV may not be ubiquitous for another five years or so, the firm says, but Western European carriers in particular are moving quickly. About 87 percent of the 1.6 million of the hybrid STBs deployed in 2008 were used in households in Western European markets.
In related news, Amino Technologies actually claimed--though did not name--a large operator customer for hybrid STBs this week.
- Here's the IMS Research press release
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