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Report: Set-Top Box Shipments to Peak in 2012

24 Nov, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Despite a flurry of activity in content streaming services via set-top boxes, the global market for the devices is projected to slow in growth and peak at around 110 million unit shipments by 2012, according to a new report.

New York-based ABI Research said the study, which included digital terrestrial TV, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), direct broadcast satellite and cable, found that individual high-definition and digital video recorder boxes were being replaced with combined units.

The study cited the decline after 2012 due primarily to the completed transformation from analog to digital broadcasts, media center hubs in the home and video game consoles.

“The set-top-box won’t disappear as a result of threats from other set-top boxes,” said analyst Robert Clark. “In the digital terrestrial TV sector where the needs are more basic, there is an opportunity for set-top-box integration into newer flat-screen TVs.”

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