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Set-Top Box Shipments Grow

24 Aug, 2009 By: John Latchem

Global set-top box shipments are expected to rise in 2009 due to increased demand from Asia and for products supporting high-definition, digital video recording and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), according to iSuppli Corp.

Worldwide shipments are set to grow to 136.7 million units in 2009, up 4.2% from 131.2 million in 2008. Shipments are expected to rise to 201 million systems by 2013.

Sales of set-top boxes used for cable, satellite and broadcast television have expanded despite poor economic conditions. Although terrestrial and satellite set-top shipments were flat, cable boxes showed strong growth, driven by rollouts in China and other parts of the Asia-Pacific region.

IPTV set-tops also are performing well, shipping more than 50% more systems in 2008 than the previous year.

“Premium boxes — like DVR-enabled set-top boxes and HD products — will grow at a substantially higher rate than the 4.2% level for the overall set-top market in 2009, said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for semiconductor design and STBs at iSuppli.

Shipments of premium boxes in 2008 almost doubled to 22.4 million systems. A 28% rise is anticipated in 2009.

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