Digital satellite set-top market to reach 79 million units by 2009

April 4, 2006

The digital satellite set-top box market reached 65 million units in 2005 and will grow to 79 million units by 2009, according to a new report from market research firm In-Stat.

Digital satellite set-top boxes include pay TV boxes whose features are often specified by satellite pay-TV providers, and Free-To-Air (FTA) boxes that are used to receive unencrypted TV signals, the high-tech market research firm says.

The report, “Digital Satellite Set Top Boxes” found:

  • H.264 coding and 8PSK modulation are becoming common among providers for the delivery of HD signals; thereby increasing the demand for 8PSK demodulator ICs and H.264 decoder ICs in the set-top boxes.
  • Connectivity options in advanced boxes today include USB in many DVR boxes and HDMI in most HD boxes.
  • More Ethernet connections in satellite set-top boxes are likely in the future as more satellite pay TV providers offer services in partnership with broadband providers.
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