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 receivers.
While IPTV set-top boxes saw a slight sequential drop in unit shipments from Q1 to Q2, growth in high definition IPTV set-tops 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 (€11.6 billion) in 2009.