The set-top box market as a whole is a mature yet resilient market. Despite the technical ability to deliver TV securely to TVs, the business and technical challenges never align on economic, operational, experiential and financial levels for operators. Evaluation of the set-top box market for all participants –semiconductor OEMs, hardware OEMs and ODMs, middleware and conditional access players, and operators, requires careful consideration of the addressable markets on a country, region and platform basis. Careful segmentation of box type, based on careful analysis of key operator deployments, provides robust data on home networking deployments and penetration.
Additionally, the computational power of devices, coupled with maturity of standards to meet rapidly increasing consumer expectations for a number of years, is leading to an increase in functionality in broadband consumer premise equipment (CPE). Technology transitions from DOCSIS 3.0 to 3.1 as well as to newer DSL standards, including G.fast and vectoring, as well as service provider Wi-Fi attach rates, are all increasing.
Increasing functionality, such as including home automation functionality, as well as evolving use cases, such as the headless gateway, are discussed. Home network software standards, including MoCa, HomePlug and HomeGrid / G.hn are a part of the service provider home as well as provide alternative networking technologies, enabling the distribution of data and video content over coax and power lines.