Archive | Digital cable

Is Pay TV on the Verge of a Shakeup?

In the Abelian sandpile, grains of sand are piled up on each other until the pile reaches a critical state, i.e. the point at which any subsequent grain can cause the entire structure to collapse. In this model, one tiny grain drop can cause a huge cascade out of all proportion to the original size of the disturbance […]

Will Pay Providers Turn the Tables on Game Consoles?

A growing number of consumers have turned to video game consoles for more than games. Streaming video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime form an increasingly important component of a game console’s value proposition (which is why Nintendo made a big splash for their new TVii feature on the forthcoming Wii U). Even cable […]

The Battle to Save Netflix Moves to Washington

The future of over the top video (at least in the United States) is increasingly moving into the hands of the U.S. federal government. On June 16, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether cable companies were discriminating against video providers such as YouTube and Netflix by treating their data […]

Analog to Digital Switchover and Asian Growth to Foster Moderate Growth

As countries continue to transition from analog to digital terrestrial TV, set-top boxes (STBs) and Integrated Digital TVs (IDTVs) that receive terrestrial signals are in high demand. Digital TV receiver shipments, including both STBs and IDTVs, are expected to continue rising in the near future. DTC estimates that nearly 340 million combined units shipped in […]

Digital TV Overview: Receiver growth forecasted to continue into the foreseeable future

Monday March 7, 2011 – Maya Jasmin Although digital TV has been widely deployed throughout most of the developed world, many digital TV receiver suppliers can count on future growth within certain product categories and markets. Yes, receiver sales are moderating for the cable and DTH satellite segments but digital terrestrial TV (DTT) receivers will […]

Checking in With Digital Television Receivers

Monday December 13, 2010 – Maya Jasmin   With analog shut-off plans solidified in most major countries, and some having completed their shutoffs already, digital television is definitely a matter of global interest.Digital TV receiver suppliers are all trying to find ways to remain relevant and profitable within the market.DTC’s latest data suggests that suppliers […]

STB Market Continues Healthy Growth But How Long Can it Last?

Wednesday September 8, 2010 – Antonette Goroch 2010 has shown steady growth in STB shipments so far this year, indicating that shipments from the four main platforms (Digital Cable, DTH satellite (and subsequent references), DTT and IPTV) will surpass those seen in 2009, rising from 210 million to 214 million by year end. Indeed, STB […]

Cable Says Goodbye to FireWire

Monday July 26, 2010 – Antonette Goroch Now that the FCC has lifted the 1394 mandate for cable), operators may want to wait on popping the champagne corks as the “broadband happy” FCC plans to mandate an IP interface that would open the door to more over-the-top (OTT) programming.After five years of forced inclusion, cable […]

HD: Chinese Cable’s Next Big Boom

Monday April 12, 2010 – Antonette Goroch China, the largest cable market in the world with more than 170 million subscribers total, has come to dominate digital cable STB shipments, having now completed its sixth year of its massive digital transition. Indeed, DTC estimates China made up more than 40% of total worldwide digital cable […]

Checking in on DTV Receivers

Monday March 29, 2010 – Shelby Cunningham DTC’s recent forecast and analysis on the digital set-top box market estimates that CAGR for digital STB (satellite, cable, terrestrial, IPTV and DCA) shipments will only register about 2% from 2008 through 2014. Any growth is welcome, but if 2% isn’t classified as “flat,” it’s definitely way inside […]