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April 12, 2010

Cable and IPTV Operators to Invest More in Video on Demand Servers: Infonetics Report

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Infonetics Research has released the fourth-quarter 2009 editions of two video-related market share and forecast reports: Video Infrastructure and Subscribers and Set-Top Boxes and Subscribers.

The report recognizes Motorola as the worldwide set-top box market share leader, followed by Cisco (News - Alert) and Pace.

The report states that in set top boxes, there was a surge in the number of subscribers who were upgrading to premium HD and DVR set-top boxes. The report states that this trend is likely to continue.

According to the report, global video infrastructure revenue held steady from 3Q09 to 4Q09 at $625 million. Video infrastructure revenue decreased 11 percent to $2.5 billion for the full year and global video on-demand and streaming content server revenue increased 60 percent from 2008 to 2009. This is expected to increase rapidly over the next four quarters, states the report.

"In the ongoing battle between cable and telco IPTV (News - Alert) operators, both continue to spend furiously to add video on-demand and streaming content server capacity to support the rollout of on-demand HD content and provide start-over and remote storage-digital video recorder services, all of which require the delivery of unicast streams to set-top boxes." notes Jeff Heynen, Infonetics Research (News - Alert)'s directing analyst for broadband and video.

Because of movies and sporting events, 3DTV is expected to be popular for particular content but it will have little impact on how operators spend to deliver 3D content, except for devices that improve access network bandwidth, such as edge QAMs, states the report. The video on-demand and streaming content server market is led by Huawei (News - Alert), state the report.

Recently, the company released its fourth quarter service provider VoIP equipment and subscribers and IMS equipment and subscribers market share and forecast reports. Service provider VOIP market highlights are released as follows: (a) The worldwide service provider VoIP equipment market dropped 28.2 percent from 2008 to 2009, to $2.48 billion worldwide; (b) The migration to native IP sped up during the past 12 months and so on.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri