Cisco’s STB market share dips 2 percent in second quarter

Telecom Lead India: Cisco has reported 2 percent drop in set-top box (STB) revenue market in the second quarter from the previous quarter.

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Despite the marginal drop in revenue market share in the global STB segment, Cisco took the worldwide set-top box revenue share lead from Motorola.

Satellite set-top boxes surged in Q2, with global shipments up 20 percent and revenue up 19 percent sequentially.

The biggest growth is coming from the Asia Pacific region, particularly China, but growth is also strong in Latin America and North America, where DirecTV and Dish Network are seeing sustained subscriber growth and renewed interest in higher-function STBs like Dish’s Hopper.

The global set-top box market, including cable, satellite, IP and hybrid IP/DTT, totaled $3.6 billion in 2Q12, up 4 percent sequentially.

While revenue was up for satellite set-top boxes in 2Q12, it was down for both IP and cable boxes.

40 percent of all STBs shipped in 2Q12 had high-definition (HD) capabilities and 22 percent had DVR functionality.

Apple TV is the most prominent over-the-top media server platform in North America and, increasingly, the world.

After 2 consecutive quarters of growth, cable STB revenue in North America declined 10 percent.

In September 2011, reported that the overall set-top box market held steady in the second quarter of 2011, with pockets of growth evident in all regions, particularly Central and Latin America. Pure IP STBs remain a bright spot with year-over-year global revenue growth at over 27 percent, as telecoms are experiencing strong demand for their IP-based video services.

Despite sequential declines in cable, IPTV, and hybrid IP/DTT set-top box sales, the overall STB market held steady in 2Q11 at $3.45 billion, down less than a percent, thanks to healthy gains in the satellite STB segment, according to Infonetics Research. Pace overtook Motorola by a hair in overall STB revenue in 2Q11, attributed to the fact that it offers solutions across all market segments (telco, cable, and satellite operators).

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