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China, India and U.S. Drive Digital and Satellite Box Shipments

12 Aug, 2009 Response This Week

AUSTIN, Texas – Shipments of digital terrestrial (DTT) and satellite (DTH) set-top boxes (STB) to China, India and the United States are expected to account for about 70 percent of worldwide shipments this year, according to a recent study by IMS research.

“Growth of DTH and DTT platforms aside, Chinese and Indian and U.S. markets constitute a massive portion of the global STB market,” says analyst Anna Maxbauer, co-author of the IMS Research report “The Worldwide Market for Set-top Boxes & iDTVs: 2009 Edition.”

The three countries accounted for more than 60 percent of shipments in 2008 and continue to increase annually.

This year’s boost appears to be the result of rapid expansion of the DTH platforms in China and India along with the recent analog to digital terrestrial switch in the U.S.

Sales of FTA satellite equipment and digital-to-analog converter boxes continued to increase greatly from January to June this year, as the U.S. analog switch-off date was extended several months.

While the U.S. demand for DTT boxes is estimated to decline over the next 18 months, IMS forecasts an increase of DTH services in China and India through at least 2010.

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