New research says worldwide set-top box shipments will increase slightly this year to 273 million from 269 million in 2015.
In addition to the growth of satellite units, cable shipments are also expected to increase modestly. DTT and IP STB demand remains relatively flat, according to researcher SNL Kagan in its annual look at the STB market.
Charter has tapped Arris to develop a next-gen hybrid set-top box that allows users to access Internet content as well as content delivered by the pay-TV operator. Charter, the nation’s second-largest broadband provider and third-largest pay-TV operator, plans to deploy the new WorldBox 2.0 platform across its entire footprint, including on systems it acquired when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
The set-top box market continues to struggle, showing a decline yet again in 2013. But consumer demand for online video is driving the market for high-end video gateways in the satellite and cable markets.
The gateways, which combine traditional STBs, wireless routers and broadband CPE into a single device – are becoming increasingly critical to operators as they look to differentiate themselves and provide greater service value.