LONDON Pace plc (Saltaire, England) was the top selling vendor of digital set-top-boxes (STBs) shipped to pay-TV customers worldwide in 2009, according to market research company Intex Management Services Ltd. (Wellingborough, England), which trades as IMS Research.
IMS Research expects Pace to remain in the top ranking position in 2010 due to its recent partnership announcements of high-definition roll outs for Benelux satellite operator M7 Group and Malaysian satellite operator Astro, in addition to its large contract agreements with DirecTV, UPC and Viasat.
Pace took top spot in 2009 from Motorola with Technicolor (formerly Thomson) in third place, Scientific Altanta/Cisco in fourth and Humax in fifth.
Despite the difficult nature of 2009, STB shipments grew 15.2 percent year-over-year compared with 2008, according to IMS. In 2008 Pace had lain in third spot. It was able to achieve 31-percent growth in 2009 to claim the top position and Pace continues to acquire partnerships with pay-TV operators around the globe.
"The Philips division, now Pace France, operates as a division that focuses on IP, DTT and linear TV services. This additional facility has allowed Pace's headquarters in England to remain focused on traditional TV platforms and NDS CAS clients," said Rebecca Kurlak, co-author of the study, in a statement.