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download (8)Despite an increasing focus by the entertainment industry on mobile devices, the good ol’ set-top box is projected to maintain and grow its popularity over the next few years.

According to research from IHS, global shipment of boxes for cable, satellite, and other TV services will increase about 8 percent this year, reaching nearly 270 million units. Set-top boxes are also anticipated to grow in popularity in 2014 and 2015.

Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, believes set-top boxes are going to stick around for the foreseeable future:

“As pay-TV operators rush to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and in video formats — including the adoption of high-definition (HD) — [set-top box] shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,”

Do you have a set-top box in your home, or are you planning on adding one anytime soon?

[via Home Media Magazine]

5 Responses to “Report: Set-top Boxes Predicted to Increase in Popularity this Year”

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    I’m actually cutting the cord. No more set-top boxes for me.

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    They’ll offer two boxes for free for a year, for the transition, but after that, you get stuck with the monthly cable box lease fee.

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