Set-Top Makers Must Adapt to Survive, According to Study
Faced with competition from new technologies that will likely cut demand even further in the coming years, makers of standard set-top boxes must add new features and otherwise adapt to survive. That’s the conclusion of a study released this week by ABI Research, called “Global Set-Top Markets.”
“The development of two-way digital-cable–ready TVs, residential gateways, media centers, and even video capabilities on gaming systems will put the STB’s status at risk,” research analyst Paulhwa Lee said in a statement issued in conjunction with the study. The manufacturers, the study predicted, will respond by adding additional hard-disk space, DVD burners, home audio solutions, and other features.
ABI named 2008-2012 as the crucial time period, when two-way TVs and other sophisticated media centers will become more prevalent. The analyst concluded that “as this market flattens towards the end of our forecast period in 2012, STB vendors would be well advised to incorporate as many of those technologies as possible into their products.”