MUMBAI: Mobile integration is key for the smart set-top boxes
to touch 57 million by 2017, according to ABI Research.
STBs often garner less attention than other connected CE devices
like TVs and game consoles. Apple, for example, has referred
to its Apple TV as a "hobby", although it leads
the market with around four million units shipped through
has had recent success of passing 2.5 million units in 2011,
but the future looks at the very least challenging for these
dedicated streaming devices to break out of a niche status.
TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and even mobile devices
are quickly conspiring to engender a very competitive market
for the digital living room. Even so, STB shipments are expected
to reach as high as 57 million by 2017.