Set-top boxes are set to reach Asian consumers at an ever-increasing rate, according to new STB market data published by ABI Research
. Overall STB shipments in the region, including those for cable, DBS, IPTV, and DTT television services, will approach 111 million in 2014, the culmination of a compound annual growth rate in excess of 12% over the 2009-2014 period.
While much of the Chinese market demand will be met by domestic vendors, some foreign companies want part of the action. Late last year, for example, Cisco acquired the cable STB unit of Chinese vendor DVN.