Pace Takes Set-Top Crown in Q2 - Multichannel

Pace Takes Set-Top Crown in Q2

Overtakes Cisco As Global Set-Top Revenues Slump, Infonetics Says
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Pace plc was tops in set-top box revenue market share in the second quarter, jumping past Cisco Systems, which saw a sharp quarter-over-quarter decrease in the category, Infonetics Research said in a report issued Wednesday.

Arris, meanwhile, rose to the third spot, fueled by its acquisition of Motorola Home in April.

Despite the jockeying among vendors, the overall set-top category slumped in the period. According to Infonetics, worldwide set-top box revenues reached $4.3 billion in the second quarter, down 3% from the first quarter, and down 9% from the year-ago quarter.

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Cable set-top box revenues dipped 14% sequentially, while unit shipments were flat, reflecting a heavier mix of single-tuner standard-definition boxes for emerging markets, the firm said.

"The STB market is in the midst of a series of significant technology shifts, and these changes are resulting in ebbs and flows in shipments on a global basis, with individual markets swinging each quarter's performance," said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics, in a statement “There are real unit shipment declines occurring in North America and Western Europe that won't be offset by growth in Asia Pacific and Latin America until 2014."

He said operators in North America and Western Europe are heading up a “post-STB market” that involves a transition toward video gateways, while operators in China, India and Latin America lean on more traditional set-tops to fuel digitization projects.

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