Report: Global STB market flat in 2010

A new report says the set-top box market remains in flux with sales volume remaining relatively flat in 2010, while revenues increased 7.5 percent, from $5.3 billion to $5.7 billion, in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to a year earlier.

The In-Stat report said worldwide IPTV set top box unit shipments increased by 3.7 million in 2010, in line with the expected growth forecast for the technology, especially in Asia and Latin America. Cisco ranked as the top vendor of IPTV STBs in the quarter, followed by Motorola, Samsung and Netgem.

"Even though overall growth in the market was not dramatic, there were certainly regional nuances that are worth noting," says Norm Bogen, VP of Digital Entertainment.  "For instance, there was a significant migration from standard definition to high definition in the larger and more advanced markets like North America and Asia/Pacific. While in the developing regions like the Middle East/Africa and Latin America, there has been a surge in standard definition boxes with high definition just beginning to make an appearance."

In August, In-Stat forecast the global cable STB market to be on pace for a downturn of up to 8 percent, the first negative growth since 2002 in the segment.

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