Any content from anywhere' - this is the biggest driver for the growth in the IP Set-Top Box, an alternative to the traditional television experience in an increasing number of homes today.
As more content becomes digital, and with the proliferation of online media applications, content subscribers access the widest variety of content from a simple end device, resulting in rapid increase in the growth of this technology segment and an increasing number of IPTV providers enhancing their content delivery capabilities and end-user experience using better and more advanced IP set-top boxes.
Infonetics Research, a market research firm, via its 2014 IP Set-Top Box Features and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, highlighted the following:
802.11n dual-mode and 2x2 MIMO are currently the most widely-used WiFi technologies on IP set-top boxes (STBs), though 802.11ac shows the biggest gains among survey participants, growing from 6% today to 67% next year
Operator respondents rated TR-069 for remote device/service-level management and hard drive for integrated DVR support as the top IP STB features
Remote programming via tablet or mobile device heads the list of IP STB applications, rated highly by 67% of respondents, up 6 percentage points from last year’s survey
The top 3 IP STB suppliers currently installed by respondents are Arris/Motorola, Cisco, and Amino