IP and Satellite Set-top Box Sales Fuel Market in the Second Quarter, According to Dell'Oro Group

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
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Cable Set-top Box Market Retreats

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, reported that the worldwide set-top box market grew 45 percent in the second quarter of this year over the same period a year ago, due in large part to strong sales of IP and satellite set-top boxes. Compared with the first quarter of this year, sales of satellite and IP set-top boxes grew 16 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

The cable segment declined in the second quarter, with the largest decline coming from the low-end of the cable market, which includes standard definition boxes and those without DVRs.

“We believe the first quarter of this year was exceptionally strong for the low-end of the cable market due to the July 1st deadline for the FCC’s 707 mandate requiring that set-top boxes contain separate security modules that will enable cable customers to access services legally via third-party device,” said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “As a result, cable operators began earlier this year to buy out the production runs of legacy boxes, which are about $50 less per unit than the newer boxes, in order to install as many legacy units as possible before deadline. Consequently, we expect that cable set-top box sales will be muted in the second half of this year,” Collins added.

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