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Streaming device shipments surge, FTA set tops a temporary buoy

Shipments of free-to-air (FTA) set tops are projected to offset excessive losses in the pay TV set top sector, or so proclaimed a spate of sugarcoated headlines this week, ignoring the booming growth seen in the media streaming device market while propping up the traditional set top sector through tenuous manipulation of shipment figures. But this mincing of words and numbers alike is no fault of Futuresource Consulting which published the data this week, but of certain news outlets who depend almost entirely on the continued support from the Comcasts and Liberty Globals of the world. So, Futuresource‚Äôs latest forecast states specifically that the worldwide media box market, comprising connected TV streaming devices along with traditional pay TV set tops,…

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