Worldwide Ultra HD capable set-top box shipments will reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC STBs will rise even further to 88 million units.

In 2014, the market will deploy only about 60K set-top high-end gateway set-top boxes with Ultra HD and HEVC capabilities within high-end gateway set-top boxes. After the initial push of high-end Ultra HD capable boxes in multi-tuner gateway boxes, a second round of HD HEVC boxes will roll out in areas with demand for HD services where the last-mile network build out isn’t otherwise sufficient to deploy HD MPEG-4 services.

Technicolor has secured the design win for Tata Sky’s Ultra HD deployment in India, Sumitomo has delivered set-tops for the NTT Playa in Japan, while BSkyB may build its own for Project Ethan. Early prototypes and designs have been based primarily on Broadcom 725x SoC with Broadcom or ViXS decoders.

“HEVC is an enabler not just of UltraHD—an immersive digital experience which will give benefits especially to consumers using 55 inch and larger screens,” according to ABI Research practice director Sam Rosen.

“It also will enable delivery of interactive HD services to consumers whose homes do not have high bandwidth interactive services. Beyond the strong penetration of HEVC and Ultra HD set-top boxes, we see IPTV boxes developing to include terrestrial tuners for hybrid services licensing retransmission of all free-to-air services.”