Report: Set-Top Box Usage to Peak in North America in 200924 Sep, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel
With over-the-air television signals in the United States mandated to convert from analog to digital in 2009, a new report says shipments of digital set-top boxes (STB) will peak momentarily in North America at that time while wavering internationally.
New York-based ABI Research said STB shipments in Western Europe would actually decline over the next several due to varying timing of digital switchovers from country to country.
“After a subsequent decline, annual shipments again will increase in 2012, as the decline in annual digital terrestrial television (DTT) STB shipments stabilizes and annual shipments of Internet protocol STB units continue to grow,” said Stan Schatt, VP and research director for ABI.
He said DTT growth in Asia would surge by 2012 with the evolution of the China market and interest by telecommunication companies to enter the content distribution business.