Slowdown in N. American digital cable and satellite subscribers hurts video infrastructure market

Friday, April 1st, 2011
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CAMPBELL, California — Market research firm Infonetics Research earlier this month released its fourth quarter 2010 (4Q10) Cable, Satellite, and IPTV Video Infrastructure and Subscribers market share and forecast report.


“The overall video infrastructure market was impacted by another decline in video-on-demand and streaming content server sales in the quarter, as well as a slowdown in digital cable and satellite middleware sales. North American video infrastructure showed the biggest decline in the quarter, dropping 7%, after two straight quarters of revenue increases. North American MSOs and telco IPTV operators slowed their purchases of VOD servers as they continue to struggle with slow uptake of pay VOD programming,” notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access at Infonetics Research.


  • Worldwide video infrastructure revenue sequentially dipped 3% to $836 million in 4Q10
  • Worldwide video encoder revenue increased 10% and topped the $100 million mark in 4Q10, representing the third consecutive quarter of growth for MPEG-2 encoders and renewed efforts among cable operators to expand their HD channel lineups
  • Concurrent leads the worldwide video-on-demand and streaming content server market for revenue in 4Q10, followed by ZTE, SeaChange, and Cisco, as Huawei drops from the top 5
  • Operators aren’t generating as much revenue from pay video-on-demand services as they would like (much of the unicast video traffic is free or is for subscription services such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz), explaining why cable operators want to be allowed to offer first-run movies earlier, as that would allow them to charge more per movie


Infonetics’ quarterly cable, satellite, and IPTV video report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, analysis, and forecasts for telco IPTV, cable video, and satellite video subscribers and infrastructure, including VOD and streaming content servers, video encoders, edge QAMs, IPTV middleware/content delivery platforms, digital cable middleware, satellite video middleware, and video content protection software. Vendors tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Anevia, ARRIS, BitBand, Cisco Systems, Concurrent, Edgeware, Envivio, Ericsson, Espial, Harmonic Inc., Huawei, MatrixStream, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, OptiBase, SeaChange, Technicolor, UTStarcom, ZTE, and others.