Even as its "dramatic growth" continued, over-the-top services still were a complement to pay TV, not a competitor, according to a report, "Cable, Satellite, IPTV and OTT Set-Top Boxes and Subscribers," compiled by Infonetics Research.
OTT is also at least partially responsible for the growth of hybrid set-top boxes "which leverage the existing broadcast infrastructure but utilize the broadband connection to incorporate OTT content and increase interactivity and on-demand services," Teresa Mastrangelo, Infonetics' directing analyst for video said in a news release.
Among other findings, OTT media servers, defined as standalone set-tops from Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) TV, Roku, Boxee and others "experienced the strongest sequential growth" and saw revenues climb 90 percent in 2010, the report said.
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