Broadcom has announced DOCSIS 3.1 cable set-top box reference design, which combines asymmetrical Gbps connectivity, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi and support for 4K/UHD video decoding. The company also announced a new ultra HD gateway and STB system-on-a-chip solution that reduces video bandwidth usage by 25% and supports 4K video decoding and VP9p60 decoding.
Worldwide shipments of pay-television set-top boxes will hit 180 million units in 2016, Futuresource Consulting forecasts. "Despite the overall STB market topping out this year, this is entirely due to erosion of the free-to-air segment," Futuresource's Carl Hibbert said, adding, "We're going to see the trinity of cable, pay satellite and IPTV continue to perform, growing by 2% CAGR between 2012 and 2016."
Cisco Systems dominates the global Service Provider Video Infrastructure market with a 60% market share among infrastructure providers and has risen to the top spot for set-top box equipment by way of its IPTV equipment, according to ACG Research's fourth-quarter report. The firm estimates that the SPVI market grew 5% quarter-over-quarter to total $4 billion but declined 3% year-over-year when compared with 2010.
Motorola and Technicolor separately announced the shipment of 100 million digital set-top boxes. Motorola had hit the 50-million mark in October 2006; Technicolor, formerly Thomson, began participating in the digital set-top market in 1994.
Broadcom has launched a new line of chips for set-top boxes designed to allow cable, satellite and IPTV operators to more easily deploy advanced services. The new systems-on-chips include support for whole-home DVR, HD distribution and other converged services.