Entone says its record set-top box sales, which are the result of nearly 40% year-on-year unit growth in 2013, defy years of predictions that the STB will be replaced by other IP-connected devices such as Smart TVs, tablets and IP streamers. â€œThe robust nature of STB sales is a contrary industry development,â€ declares Steve McKay, CEO of Entone. â€œEntoneâ€™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.â€
Entoneâ€™s momentum has been spurred by continued growth in the U.S. and rapid international expansion, particularly in Europe and Latin America, the company reports. Entone has also entered the U.S. cable market with its multi-tuner Magi Hybrid Media Gateway that transcodes and distributes Pay TV services to CE devices within the home.
In 2013 alone, Entone added over 25 service operators to its customer portfolio including Bermuda CableVision, Brandenburg Telephone, Caiway and Canadian Valley Telephone.