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Multimedia home gateway shipments seen to double

Posted: 14 Mar 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:set-top boxes  multimedia home gateways  pay-TV operators 

The IHS Screen Digest report "Multimedia home gateways: The future of the digital home" predicts that the worldwide shipment of multimedia home gateways (MHGs) to by a factor of more than 100 from 2011 to 2015.

The upward surge of the market will be mainly due to pay-TV operators seeking to unify the delivery of different forms of video content to all types of devices in homes, including media tablets and smartphones, the market research firm said.

Global MHG shipments are set to climb to 9.6 million units in 2015 and 2016, up from just 90,000 in 2011, according to the report.

"A decade ago, set-top boxes (STBs) served as the bridge from analog to digital broadcasting," said Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst at IHS and lead author of the report. "Today, MHGs are playing a similar role, acting as the bridge between broadcast and Internet Protocol (IP) video distribution. With MHGs, cable and satellite operators can utilize the efficiency of broadcast television to provide advanced services and content to all kinds of IP-connectable devices, including today's increasingly popular mobile devices."



Global multimedia home gateway unit shipment forecast (thousands of units)
Source:IHS Screen Digest, March 2013

Challenges of the dual network
Pay-TV operators now use two separate delivery networks to deliver content to as many screens as possible. Television sets are accessed by STBs using managed delivery over broadcast networks owned by operators. Other devices, such as notebook PCs, smartphones and media tablets, rely on content delivered over-the-top (OTT) of unmanaged third-party broadband connections.

Operators cannot effectively manage delivery over a third-party network. Because of this, they struggle to offer the same content, services and quality of services to IP-connectable devices as they can to television sets via their own STBs. This dual-network approach creates an inconsistent and frustrating experience for consumers and increases expenditures for operators as they are required to maintain an additional OTT delivery platform.

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