Perhaps the reports of the set-top box's death have been greatly exaggerated. Hybrid STB developments have surged, Google reportedly is entering the game in some way, and now, market research firm iSuppli is predicting that STB shipments will jump by about 11.5 percent in 2010 to 147.8 million shipments worldwide. Though several reports last year assessed the STB market as headed for a slow fade in the next few years, iSuppli sees growth continuing through 2014, when STB shipments are forecast to reach 193.9 million.
The STB sector is expected to ride a wave of new residential gateway technology development and growth in IPTV subscriptions that will see IPTV hit 123 million customer units by 2014.
- Here's the iSuppli press release
In-Stat also saw the STB market lifting
ABI last year liked the outlook for IP STBs