DTT set top box shipments plummet in Q2

By Robert Briel
September 30, 2009 09.46 UK

Worldwide DTT set top box shipments fell by nearly 35% in Q2 compared to Q1, according to research from US based In-Stat. The shift was driven primarily by falling shipments in the North American market following the analogue broadcast TV shut-off.

Plummeting unit shipments in North America were partially offset by growth in the Asian DTT market, which actually grew 50% to over 1.2 million units.

The satellite set top box market increased unit shipments to 20.3 million units in Q2 2009, making it the largest set top box market among Cable, Satellite, IP and DTT set top boxes.

While IPTV set top boxes saw a slight sequential drop in unit shipments from Q1 to Q2, growth in High-definition IPTV set top boxes was strong. The percentage of HD IPTV set top boxes increased by 9 percentage points compared to Q1 2009.

Overall, for the year 2009, In-Stat expects unit shipments across the set top box markets to be flat compared with 2008. Total revenue will decline by about 1% to just below $17 billion (EUR 11.6 billion) in 2009.