Pay-TV STB shipments set to fall

Pay TV STB shipment volumes reach an all time high in 2009 with 127 million units shipped according to research by Screen Digest. Despite a 3 per cent growth in volumes the value of the industry fell to E9.2 billion. Motorola remained the number one pay TV set-top box vendor by shipment volumes with Pace rising to second place over Technicolor.

2009 saw the largest volumes of pay TV STBs shipped to date as global transition from analogue to digital TV continued. Shipments to satellite and IPTV operators drove this volume growth whilst shipments cable operators were down year-on-year.

Screen Digest forecasts that 2010 will see the value of the industry fall again to E8.7 and for the first time in 9 years a fall in shipment volumes with 120 million units shipped. The primary drivers for this will be declining IPTV STB shipments as well as declining ASPs in the wake of plateauing STB demand from satellite and cable operators. Growth in the industry will be restored in 2011 as cable operators push on with the digital transition which was stalled by economic climate.

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