Digital Set-Top Box Market Ready to Roll
The author of the report, ABI analyst Navin Sabharwal, says that "the digital set-top box is not just at the convergence point between consumer electronics and computing, but also communications. Given the media-centric role that the device will play in the home, ABI believes that it will become a significant enabler to the 'networked home.' " ABI says it examines the worldwide market for digital set-top boxes and describes how the digital set-top box will fit into the emerging "networked home" from the perspectives of data, audio/video, and control applications.
The report goes on to conclude that in North America, the number of DBS subscribers is growing robustly and is projected to hit 28 million by 2004. "New DBS subscribers will make for healthy sales, while many existing DBS customers will also upgrade to second-generation digital boxes, taking advantage of new interactive offerings. European DBS operators are aggressively seeking to migrate their current analog subscribers to digital services. Digital DBS will also do well in other parts of the world that have little or no cable alternative."