Real-Time Broadcast MPEG Encoder Market Moving to H.264

The market for real-time broadcast MPEG encoders is moving to H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC Part 10), mainly in the satellite and telco TV delivery platforms today, but the switch will extend to all segments of the MPEG encoder market, reports In-Stat. The need to repurpose content for multiple screens is also driving encoder shipments, the high-tech market research firm says. For example, content that is distributed in MPEG-2 may be decoded, and then re-encoded to H.264 in a mobile video system.

“There are also one-time projects that are dramatically boosting some segments of the market,” says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. “For example, cable operators in North America are moving to digitally simulcast all of their analog channels, thereby requiring thousands of encoders. The Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) relocation project in the US will boost encoder shipments from 2006 through 2009.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Worldwide MPEG video encoder revenue will increase from $496 million in 2005 to $555 million in 2010.
  • The ongoing launch of HD broadcasts in Europe will boost shipments of HD H.264 encoders.
  • Product evolution in H.264 is happening more quickly than it did for MPEG-2, as vendors are able to rely on the knowledge they have from MPEG-2.

The research, “Real-Time Broadcast MPEG Encoders: Got H.264?” (#IN0603164MBI), covers the global market for real-time broadcast MPEG encoders. It contains worldwide five-year unit, ASP, and revenue forecasts by region and compression technology (HD MPEG-2, SD MPEG-2, HD H.264, and SD H.264) for the contribution, distribution, and redistribution segments of the real-time broadcast MPEG encoder market. The redistribution segment is further divided into cable, satellite, mobile, telco, and terrestrial. The price is $3,995 (US).

This research is part of In-Stat’s Multimedia Broadband Infrastructure Service, which provides a worldwide, comprehensive perspective of multimedia transmission and production equipment. Coverage includes headend equipment and digital video production equipment, both hardware and software.

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In related research, In-Stat found that by the end of 2010, mobile TV broadcast subscribers worldwide will reach 102 million, a giant leap from 3.4 million in 2006. The research, Mobile TV Broadcasting Now Out of the Gate (#IN0603200MBS), covers the burgeoning worldwide market for mobile TV services. It includes forecasts for mobile broadcast TV subscribers, average revenue by subscriber, and revenues by region through 2010. It also contains analysis of competing mobile broadcast technologies and current deployments and trials.

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