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Settop box shipments will set record highs in 201

first_imgSet-top box shipments will set record highs in 2013 and the next two years, climbing 8% this year alone, according to new research by IHS.The Set-Top Box Market Monitor report claims that shipments of set-tops for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are set to reach 269 million units this year, up from 250 million in 2012.This year is also tipped to be “the most valuable year in the history of the market” with STB revenue tipped to grow to US$22.2 billion (€17 billion).In 2014, shipments are will grow by another 6% to 286 million and will increase by a further 1% in 2015 to 290 million – a market peak for “the foreseeable future” – according to IHS.After this, shipments are expected to start to decline, decreasing by 5% in 2016 and by another 2% in 2017.Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, said that operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices means that the STB is under threat as the dominant pay TV video consumption device.“However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now,” he said.“As pay-TV operators rush to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and in video formats—including the adoption of high definition (HD)—STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” Simmons added.In 2012, IHS predicted that  STBs’ dominance of the pay-TV market will come to an end, with multiscreen devices accounting for nearly half of all platforms obtaining television services from the largest operators by 2015. However, in its latest report, it says “this doesn’t mean that STBs will stop being used—or even that their shipments will stop rising in the near term.”In mature markets where pay-TV digitisation is complete or nearly finished, the transition to HD and MHG STBs will help to sustain volumes and increase revenue in 2013, 2014 and 2015, said IHS.last_img read more

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Telecom Italia TIM has confirmed that it is in t

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has confirmed that it is in talks with Mediaset about a new deal that would see it acquire Mediaset content to provide to subscribers of its Timvision subscribers.The TIM board approved by majority vote moves by the company’s management to finalise a “new and comprehensive multi-year agreement” with Mediaset to bring the latter’s linear channels, movies, TV series and sports news content to its platform. The agreement is envisaged coming into foruce from hext year.TIM customers will be able to access Mediaset linear and on-demand content via its set-top boxes, smart TVs, the web or its mobile app.The agreement will replace the pair’s current distribution deal.The move brings closer a likely settlement of the long-running dispute between Mediaset and TIM’s main shareholder Vivendi ahead of a planned court hearing on December 19.According to Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Mediaset wants to settle with Vivendi before signing the deal with TIM. The agreement will also be between the broadcaster and TIM rather than between Mediaset and the JV planned between the telco and Vivendi’s pay TV unit Canal+, according to the paper.TIM’s board also amended its approval of the planned JV with Vivendi-owned Canal+, confirming it as a ‘related-party’ transaction in view of regulator CONSOB’s ruling that TIM is effectively controlled by Vivendi – a ruling that TIM is challenging.last_img read more