Top 11 HD Set-Top Box (STB) Manufacturers

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The Global HD STB Market is facing intense competition market saturation is setting in for developed countries. The market is witnessing intense competition, with the entry of new players leading to a fall in the market share of the existing players and a decline in their profit margins. Vendors are therefore developing new enhanced features in HD Set-Top Boxs (STBs) with customized solutions to retain market share.

Mass digitization in China and India, and the migration to HD STBs in developed countries are only a few reasons why the the Global HD STB Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.38 percent during the period 2013-2018. 

TechNavio analysts have pinpointed the top 11 STB manufacturers expected to help fuel market growth by offering the best in HD STB technology:

Cisco Systems Inc.

“The Cisco 8600HDC DVR Set-top Series is a multimedia gateway, enhancing application capabilities and control. Based on our internally developed sixth-generation set-top chipset, our innovative Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) silicon provides a 300 percent improvement in processing power over previous ASIC. This translates into faster processing time for VoD, programming guides, and pay-per-view (PPV) applications. Advanced video and audio capabilities can be handled real-time within the set-top hardware.”  

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

“Huawei Technologies is a networking and telecommunication equipment and services company. The major products of the company include mobile devices, wireless accessories, end-to-end video, and data delivery and management solutions, which include STBs and data access devices. In the converged Set Top Box (STB) field, Huawei has entered the UK and other high-end markets, providing more sources of TV programs, enhancing interaction, and bringing unprecedented home entertainment experience. While continuously delivering product innovations and breakthroughs, Huawei Device centered on consumers and stepped up its branding campaigns.”

Pace plc

“Pace’s DC550D Tango HD set-top box introduces the latest advanced video technology in a feature rich and cost effective MPEG-4 / MPEG-2 HD box. The DC550D’s embedded conditional access module enables operators to deploy a cost effective, secure video decryption solution. The cost and complexity of upgrading your network to use CableCARD™ is eliminated by using Pace’s embedded security set-top boxes. The Tango set-top box provides cable operators a robust, secure platform for authorization entitlements, code download, billing system messages and signaling through an out of band messaging system.” 

Technicolor SA

“As an active and established top-three stakeholder in the set-top box market, we have been successfully defining and delivering MediaPlay products and solutions for over 20 years. We draw on our experience and expertise to select and recommend the advanced technology that best answers our customers’ needs. Ranging from core digital set-top boxes like converters or standard Digital Video Recorders(DVRs) to smart set-top boxes with multi-screen and Over-The-Top services, our complete portfolio delivers a superior quality video experience in any market and network (satellite, terrestrial, cable or any hybrid).” 

ARRIS Group Inc..

“The ARRIS DCX700 is a cost-effective, high definition (HD) set-top with a single 1 GHz tuner that supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC services. The all-digital DCX700 includes the latest audio and video output interfaces, including HDMI® and Award Winning Dolby® Digital Plus. When configured with the optional MoCA® home networking interface, the DCX700-M can serve as a multimedia client for accessing content from other compatible devices in the home.”

Broadcom Corp.

“Broadcom’s silicon can also power high-end interactive set-top boxes that merge high-speed Internet access functionality with studio quality graphics, text and video, supporting a range of home communication and entertainment capabilities. Future solutions, based on the MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) standard, will soon enable the distribution of high quality digital multimedia content throughout the home over existing coaxial cable.”

Comcast Corp.

“With HD from XFINITY, you get the best HD experience anytime, anywhere, with stunning HD picture quality and 8,000 HD On Demand TV shows and movies—on TV and online. A Comcast set-top box comes with an On-Screen Guide that provides access to TV listings, program information, search tools, parental controls and more. You’ll also get access to XFINITY On Demand and Pay-Per-View programming.”

EchoStar Corp.

“EchoStar designs, develops, and engineers innovative set-top-box and video technologies for customers across the globe. Our award-winning Hopper with Sling and Joey whole-home HD DVR solutions provide the best TV entertainment experience available. Premium features including PrimeTime Anytime enabling consumers to record up to six shows at once and integrated Sling technology for the ability to watch their TV anywhere are just a few of our advanced technologies that provides consumers the best TV entertainment experience available.”

Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. Ltd.

“We are the largest OEM manufacture for the DVB set top box in China, the company specializes in R&D, marketing and sales of series digital products (such as STB, home-net products, and applied software based on digital TV). The product series of Sichuan Changhong Network Technologies Co., Ltd. Covers DVB-S (satellite), DVB-C (cable), DVB-T (terrestrial), HDTV digital set top box, applied stock systems for digital TV, home-net gateway, and network products for home appliances etc.”

Sichuan Jiuzhou Electric Group Co. Ltd.

“Jiuzhou is a specialized manufacturer and system integrator of digital TV system equipments and owes China’s best and largest R&D base of digital TV system. We have over 100 specialized production lines with high standard and perfect manufacturing and test capability of Digital TV Equipment. We have been ranking first in China’s TV broadcasting industry for over 20 years. The market share, market coverage and export volume of STB products rank top 3 in China, the global market share of LNB products reaches 15%, and the market share of CATV products ranks No.1 among the industry for the last 27 years.”

Skyworth Digital Holding Co. Ltd.

“Skyworth Digital Tech. Company is the largest enterprise of set top box in China, with an annual sales volume over 10 million sets, ranked top in domestic business and fifth in global business. Skyworth Software Co., Ltd. under it is a key software enterprise in the layout plan of China. Based in China and facing the world, Skyworth is a large-scale high-tech corporation mainly engaged in the development and manufacturing of consumption electronics, display devices, digital set top box, security monitors, network communication, semi-conductors, fridges and washing machines, 3C digital, LED lighting, listed on the main board of HK in 2000 (HK00751).”

Telergy HD

“At Telergy HD we understand what audiences the world over demand and what this means for you as a provider. That is why we have developed our HD set top box to comply with all your requirements. The High Definition set top box is fully compatible with HTML5 based middleware solutions that are found on the market today. Outfitted with a very powerful Android based Dual Core, this HD Set top box delivers a superior TV experience. Improved Android OS media playback capabilities combined with intelligent error correction put this HD set top box for TV at the top of the market and give you the competitive edge.”