gatewayHome media gateway shipments are poised to surge higher, according to market research from SNL Kagan’s Multimedia Research Group (MRG). Shipments will exceed 24 million in 2017, up from 7.7 million in 2012, according to MRG’s “Demand for Home Media Gateway Set-Top Boxes on the Upswing.”

“Home media gateway products integrate traditional set-top box functions, like support for conditional access and TV tuning, with enhanced connectivity capabilities. These enhanced capabilities include support for home networking and “over the top” (OTT) video,” MRG explains in a press release.

“Unit shipments of home media gateway products are on track to grow rapidly. However, the product segment is currently just a small portion of the worldwide set-top box market. For example, in 2013 home media gateway product shipments are projected to account for just 4% of total set-top box unit shipments,” MRG senior analyst Mike Paxton elaborated.

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Sign up for our free telecompetitor newsletterKey takeaways from the report include:

  • Revenues of home media gateway products are projected to reach nearly $3 billion in 2013, up from $2.3 billion in 2012.
  • Home media gateway products have high average sales prices (ASPs), which make them attractive to set-top box manufacturers.
  • Currently, ASPs for home media gateway products are around $300 per box, which generally limit the penetration of home media gateways to the high-income household regions of the world. Through 2015, virtually all home media gateway product deployments will be confined to North America and Europe.
  • Headed gateways currently account for the lion’s share of home media gateway unit shipments. In 2013, only 2% of global unit shipments are projected to be “headless” home media gateways.

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