Study: Set-top shipments drop, should grow again in 2011

Set-top box shipments are expected to dip to 120 million in 2010, a seven million box decrease from 2009's all-time high, according to Screen Digest. A decline in IPTV shipments coupled with a flattening of cable and satellite demand caused the first such drop in nine years. On the other hand, the analysis said that "growth will be restored in 2011 as cable operators pick up on the digital transition."

Box leadership also changed. Screen Digest put Motorola (NYSE: MOT) on top followed by Pace and Technicolor, although the difference between the three is "wafer thin."

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