Perchance another indication that the rumours of the STB’s decline may be “greatly exaggerated”? Entone, the global provider of Hybrid TV and Connected Home solutions, has posted record STB sales with nearly 40% year-on-year unit growth in 2013. Entone’s growth, the company claims, “defies years of predictions that the STB will be replaced by other IP-connected devices, such as smart TVs, tablets, and IP streamers.”
“The robust nature of STB sales is a contrary industry development,” says Steve McKay, CEO of Entone. “Entone’s R&D focus is on software that provides an evolutionary path to Cloud TV services with less reliance on operator-provisioned set-top boxes. The irony is that as operators start migrating to an all-IP platform, we are selling more set-top boxes than ever in the process.”
Entone’s momentum has been spurred by continued growth in the US and rapid international expansion, particularly in Europe and Latin America. The company has also entered the US CATV market with its multi-tuner Magi Hybrid Media Gateway that transcodes and distributes Pay TV services to CE devices within the home, supporting a “bring your own device” (BYOD) world beneficial to operators and consumers alike.
In 2013, Entone added over twenty-five new service operators to its customer portfolio, including Bermuda CableVision, Brandenburg Telephone, Caiway, Canadian Valley Telephone, SkyMedia, Volia, and WestStar.
Entone also announced integration partnerships with global technology leaders LG and TiVo.