A jump in video equipment spending is forecast as operators respond to the need to deliver content to a range of devices, according to market research firm Infonetics Research, who also rank Cisco as number 1in the STB market.
Commenting on the firm’s new video report, Video-on-Demand (VoD) and Encoder Equipment and Video Subscribers, Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay-TV, noted that operators are being extremely cautious with their video infrastructure spending right now, looking to sweat their assets as much as they can knowing that a spending spree looms on the horizon to support more unicast and multi-screen services, including RS-DVR, start-over, look-back, and streaming delivery to mobile devices. “We expect a noticeable jump in video equipment spending in 2013,” he advised.
Among the 3Q12 VoD and encoder market highlights:
Commenting on Infonetics’ Set-Top Boxes and Subscribers report, Heynen said the firm had increased its long-term overall STB forecast, mainly resulting from a pick-up in the pace of cable and satellite STB shipments in the Asia Pacific region, principally in China and India. “Infonetics expects the global STB market to grow to $16.6 billion in 2016,” he noted.
Among the STB market highlights: