Scottsdale, Ariz. – The global market for new hybrid set-top
boxes that can access Web video via televisions will reach $1.3 billion by
2014, according to a report from market research firm In-Stat.

The report notes
that hybrid-capable set-tops are shipping today from cable, satellite, telco
and digital terrestrial service providers, but only a small percentage of users
are accessing the Web-to-TV functionality features.

In-Stat expects Western
Europe to be a hotbed for development of hybrid services.

"TV programs
have come to the Internet. Now,
the Internet is coming back to TV, and savvy software engineers and smart TV
producers are finding ways to create new ‘hybrid’ services that bring it all
together," said In-Stat analyst Gerry Kaufhold.

"The set top box
industry is scrambling to create designs that facilitate all these new


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