The number of digital set-top boxes installed worldwide will reach 397.5 million by 2007, according to new research from Jon Peddie Associates (JPA).
There were 91.5 digital set-top boxes installed around the world last year, and JPA expects this figure to reach 127.4 million by the end of this year.
The total for 2002 will be 178.7 million, rising to 229.9 million in 2003, and 282.2. million the following year.
By 2005, 326.7 million digital set-top boxes will have been installed globally, and by 2006, the total will reach 364.7 million.
These forecasts include cable and satellite subscriber boxes, games consoles, DVD video players, Internet television, entertainment PCs, and PVRs.
Comcast Corp., which made a bid for AT&T; Corp.'s rival cable business has raised its forecast for digital-TV subscribers for the second time this year, saying it will have 4.5% more than expected by the end of 2001.
The third-biggest U.S. cable company expects to serve 2.3 million homes with digital cable by year's end, Comcast President Brian Roberts said at a Goldman, Sachs & Co. investor conference in New York. Comcast previously expected 2.2 million customers.
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