Infonetics: Cable STB Sales Perk Up in 1Q14; OTT Media Servers Set to Soar in China and Emerging Markets

CAMPBELL, Calif.--()--Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 1st quarter 2014 (1Q14) Set-Top Boxes and Pay TV Subscribers report, which tracks IP, cable, satellite, and digital terrestrial (DTT) set-top boxes (STBs), and over-the-top (OTT) media servers.

ANALYST NOTE

“There was a pocket of strength in the set-top box (STB) market in the seasonally weak first quarter. North American cable operators stepped up spending again on top of successive sequential revenue increases as they transitioned higher-end multiplay subscribers to headed and headless video gateways and replaced aging, power-hungry standard-definition boxes with more efficient high-definition boxes,” says Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.

Heynen adds: “A boost in overall STB unit shipments this year will come from an increase in over-the-top (OTT) media servers as service providers in China and other emerging markets use these devices to deliver live streaming TV.”

SET-TOP BOX MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Worldwide set-top box (STB) revenue totaled $4.8 billion in 1Q14, a decline of 3% from 4Q13
  • Cable STBs were the only segment to see unit and revenue growth in 1Q14, each up 5%
  • Arris finished 1Q14 as the STB market share leader for the 3rd consecutive quarter, benefitting from the high-definition (HD) cable STB refresh cycle underway at North American cable operators
  • North America today commands the largest portion of STB revenue, but Asia Pacific is projected to close to within 3 percentage points by 2018, driven by a penetration of advanced services such as HD and OTT, which will set in motion an upgrade cycle
  • Infonetics forecasts the OTT media server segment to grow from 6% of global STB revenue in 1Q14 to 14% by 2018

STB REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics’ quarterly set-top box report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for IP STBs; cable and satellite STBs (digital, hybrid, video gateways, media players); DTT STBs; and OTT media servers. The report also tracks telco IPTV and cable and satellite video subscribers. Vendors tracked: ADB, Apple, Arris, Changhong, Cisco, Coship, DVN, Echostar, Huawei, Humax, Jiuzhou, Kingvon, Netgem, Pace, Roku, Sagemcom, Samsung, Skyworth Digital, Technicolor, ZTE, others. To buy the report, contact Infonetics: www.infonetics.com/contact.asp.

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Contacts

Infonetics Research
Jeff Heynen, +1 408-583-3359
Principal Analyst, Broadband Access and Pay TV
jeff.heynen@infonetics.com
Twitter: @JeffHeynen

"A boost in overall STB unit shipments this year will come from an increase in over-the-top (OTT) media servers as service providers in China and other emerging markets use these devices to deliver live streaming TV," says Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. (Graphic: Infonetics Research)

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Release Summary

Market stats, vendors standings, and analyst commentary on the set-top box and pay TV subscriber market from Infonetics Research analyst Jeff Heynen.

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Infonetics Research
Jeff Heynen, +1 408-583-3359
Principal Analyst, Broadband Access and Pay TV
jeff.heynen@infonetics.com
Twitter: @JeffHeynen