Cable STBs with integrated DOCSIS modems are underutilized and have great potential for growth as carriers of IPTV signals and services to the home. The finding was the result of a study conducted by In-Stat.
Principal analyst Mike Paxton said that while the cable TV industry has always relied upon MPEG-based transport to send digital video signals, IP is a cheaper and more efficient technology.
The In-Stat also reports that the number of cable STBs with integrated modems will double between 2009 and 2014. It also indicates that the European and Latin American demand for high-definition cable STBs is growing.
The In-Stat report, titled "The Worldwide Cable Set Top Box Market: Challenges and Opportunities," offers other forecasts and analysis involving such companies as ADB, CableLabs, CableOne, Cablevision Systems, ChangHong, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Coship, Cox Communications, DVN Holdings, Google, Huawei, HUMAX, Jiuzhou, Mediacom, Motorola, Pace Micro Technologies, Panasonic, Technicolor, Time Warner Cable, Samsung, Skyworth, Suddenlink Communications.