Study: 35% More Installed Digital Boxes


The North American installed base of digital-cable set-top boxes will grow to 29.3 million units in 2003, an increase of 35% from a year ago, according to a new study.

TRACE strategies Inc. said demand for new HDTV- and personal-video-recorder-enabled set-tops will fuel market growth. The research firm sees HDTV-enabled boxes capturing 5.7% of the total installed base.

Among other highlights of "The North American Industry Landscape of Digital Set-Top Boxes: Year 2003 Unit Volume Outlook":

• The combined market share of Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. will decline 1.1 points from a year ago to 88.5%. Consequently, Sony Electronics Corp. and Pace Micro Technology plc will have the highest annual market-share growth of any digital set-top-box vendor in 2003.

• Although down 6.5 share points from 2002, Comcast Corp. will boast the largest share (29%) of digital-cable set-top installations.

• Time Warner Cable will deploy the widest selection of set-top boxes to digital subscribers.

• Motorola's "DCT-2000" boxes will account for 54% of all installments, an increase of 2.2 share points from 2002.